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Crescendo (1970)

A young American woman Susan Roberts goes to the south of France to do her thesis research on a recently deceased composer, staying with his eccentric relatives.

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Alan Gibson

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Jimmy Sangster (screenplay), Alfred Shaughnessy (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stefanie Powers ... Susan Roberts
James Olson ... Georges Ryman / Jacques Ryman
Margaretta Scott ... Danielle Ryman
Jane Lapotaire ... Lillianne
Joss Ackland ... Carter
Kirsten Lindholm Kirsten Lindholm ... Catherine (as Kirsten Betts)
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New York based graduate student Susan Roberts has just arrived in France to do research for her Masters thesis on the works of the late composer, Henry Ryman. She is staying indefinitely at the rural isolated estate of Ryman's widow, Danielle Ryman, on her invitation. There, Susan will have access to Henry's materials. Beyond Danielle, Carter the valet, and Lillianne the maid, the only other person living at the estate is Henry and Danielle's son, Georges Ryman. Georges is wheelchair-bound from an accident suffered six years ago, which ended what looked to be the start of a promising tennis career. Georges admits that he probably disappointed his parents by not being musically inclined like most people in their family. Susan learns that she has a strong resemblance to Georges' ex-girlfriend Catherine, who left him after the accident. Susan can see that Georges suffers both from physical and emotional pain, the latter more than just the emasculation he admits he feels from being in a ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

29 November 1972 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Concierto inacabado See more »

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Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film was released as part of a double bill with Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970). See more »

Alternate Versions

After being released with an "R" rating, film was edited and re-rated "PG" for wider release. See more »

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Worth A Look At !
13 May 2008 | by misterfarkyharseSee all my reviews

This is one of those films that rarely gets a good review. In fact it's been pretty much forgotten! It probably isn't one of Hammer's greatest achievements but it is by no means one of the worst. There are some rather uneventful scenes but I think they add to the suspense. The photography is very effective in places and the setting is quite haunting in a picturesque kind of way. The music which obviously is a major part of the story also adds to the more sinister scenes. The best performance comes from the seductive and eccentric maid, Lilliane (played by Jane Lapotaire) and Joss Ackland also puts in a fine performance as Carter (the butler/minder). It is not available on DVD and probably never will be, so if it's ever shown on TV it's certainly worth a look at.


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