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Psyche 59 (1964)

Approved | | Drama, Mystery, Romance | 29 April 1964 (USA)
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In London, the pregnant wife of an industrialist falls down the stairs, loses her sight and has no recollection of the events but suspects that a mentally traumatic experience prior to the fall caused her accident.

Director:

Alexander Singer

Writers:

Françoise des Ligneris (novel), Julian Zimet (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Curd Jürgens ... Eric Crawford (as Curt Jurgens)
Patricia Neal ... Allison Crawford
Samantha Eggar ... Robin
Ian Bannen ... Paul
Beatrix Lehmann ... Mrs. Crawford
Elspeth March ... Mme. Valadier
Gladys Spencer Gladys Spencer ... Sales Assistant
Peter Porteous Peter Porteous ... Man on Beach
Michael McStay Michael McStay ... Man on Beach
Sandra Leo Sandra Leo ... Susan
Shelley Crowhurst Shelley Crowhurst ... Jean
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Storyline

Alison Crawford lives a comfortable life with her husband Eric and their two children. Alison is blind and she knows that her illness is not physical but psychosomatic. She had a fall at their second home and woke up unable to see. She has no recollection of losing consciousness or what may have happened immediately prior to that. Her vivacious younger sister Robin accompanies her to their country home where they are soon joined by Eric and a family friend, Paul. Eric and Robin had long ago had a fling but she was quite young at the time and he settled on the older Alison. As memories return to her, Alison recalls what is she saw the night she went blind. Written by garykmcd

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Pure young love - or just plain sin See more »

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Drama | Mystery | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

French | English

Release Date:

29 April 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Verlangen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Awe Inspiringly Pretentious
16 September 2019 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

Obviously based on a novel (and on a novel by a woman too)! I saw this film on TV forty years ago and remembered only the menacing conversation the heroine has with her mother, but that was sufficient to make me want to take another look at it again.

Having enjoyed enormous critical acclaim a couple of years earlier with 'A Cold Wind in August', Alexander Singer blew all the clout he'd gained with that freak success in this elaborate, breaktakingly pretentious folly about the love lives of the fabulously wealthy; and found himself condemned to spend the rest of his career in television. But 'Psyche 59' has awarded him the last laugh, it exists!!

A weird hybrid of 'The Miracle Worker' and 'The Pumpkin Eater' (both of which ironically starred Anne Bancroft, who replaced Patricia Neal when she nearly died following a debilitating strike while filming '7 Women' in 1965, barely a year after she'd won an Oscar for 'Hud'). Had Ms Neal died this film would probably be better remembered today, and it would certainly make it an even more vivid experience to watch than it already is. She wears a succession of fabulous outfits devised by Julie Harris plus a pair of those chic sunglasses that blind people always do in the movies, the photography by Walter Lassally is stunning, and the restless score by Kenneth V. Jones creates a similar mood to that his music lent soon afterwards to Roger Corman's 'The Tomb of Ligeia'. Definitely a film to be watched at least once.


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