Brando is as hypnotic as ever; flying kites with the kids, showing them how to torture small animals without remorse, and subtly filling their minds with twisted notions of sex and death. She longingly waits in bed at night for the arrival of Quint, even though she finds him repulsive. Other horror films directed by Winner were 1977 and 1984 , although he obviously remains best known for the Death Wish series of vigilante films starring Charles Bronson. With this captive audience, Quint doses out his strange philosophies on love and death. Bonus Brando-riffic trailers are also included for The Appaloosa, Candy, and The Missouri Breaks. As an actual companion piece to Henry James, this film doesn't really work at all; the character of Flora alone a young child in the novella is strangely cast with Harvey, who's 19 years old and absolutely looks it, and as most critics noticed, Miles never goes off to boarding school, a major factor in the novella. The first time I tried this it didn't make a good impression, but I decided to revisit it and I liked it the second time around, probably because I didn't finish it the first time and I didn't get to how the children become corrupted by Marlon Brando's character.
Miss Jessel Stephanie Beacham and Quint Marlon Brando The Nightcomers is noticeably made as a prequel not so much to The Turn of the Screw as it is to 1961 , which was the first film adaptation of The Turn of the Screw. However, they end up growing far closer to the eccentric Peter Quint Brandon , who influences them with his bohemian philosophies about life and death. The children idolize Quint and hang on his every word as we do since Brando can make lying down look like a dramatic event. I suspect that the story was devised to give Brando as much screen time as possible. A reminiscence of Lady's Chatterley's lover. . The story comes full circle as a new Governess arrives.
Easily the best aspect of the film is by the great Jerry Fielding, who had only done one film with Winner before Lawman but would remain his composer of choice for many years along with other directors like Sam Peckinpah. The Nightcomers Color, 1971, 96 mins. His off the wall ideas of life are further imparted to the children when they spy him having rough bondage sex with the teacher. The children are particularly fascinated by Peter Quint due to his eclectic knowledge and engaging stories, and willingness to entertain them. After the loss of their parents, young Flora Harvey and Miles Ellis have been sent to the countryside to live with their mostly absent uncle Theater of Blood's Andrews and end up under the supervision of the estate's head housekeeper, Mrs. Apart from the odd snafu of attributing The Innocents to Jack Cardiff on a couple of occasions, she keeps everything juggling in the air throughout as she touches on everything from Brando's accent to the film's divided reception and its brief, perhaps undercooked depiction of the occult.
Theatrically released by Embassy Pictures, The Nightcomers has been steadily available on home video in the U. Many psychological interpretations have been offered about the story over the years, and this film directed by the unlikely choice of Michael Winner just before his barrage of Charles Bronson hits came from the pen of Michael Hastings, whose only prior theatrical credit was the flamboyant The Adventurers. Brando plays Quint as a kind of overgrown and irresponsible child. The Nightcomers is ploddingly dreary and unatmospheric in tone — technically, it is not even a horror story at all. Though this material may have seemed shocking on the page, the way Winner stages and films it renders it as a lifestyle choice - their relationship can be no other way.
However, taken on its own terms the film is a fascinating, perverse little chamber piece with some truly peculiar chemistry between Brando who would embellish on some of his role here in Last Tango in Paris and Beacham, who's game for some queasy sex scenes that would have sent most actresses bolting for the door. Of course, the real reason to watch the film is the presence of Marlon Brando, slapping on an Irish accent and warming up for his iconic role the following year in The Godfather. Technically the film is very well done. Grose Thora Hird , governess Miss Jessel Stephanie Beacham , and Peter Quint Marlon Brando , the former valet and now gardener. The responsibility for this can largely be placed at the hands of Michael Winner, the director responsible for such aesthetically refined works as 1974 , 1981 , 1977 , The Wicked Lady 1983 , 1984 and 1992. The movie stars Marlon Brando, The Ballad of Tam Lin; Dracula A. There is a feeling of pointlessness to the exercise — the entire point of The Turn of the Screw was its very ambiguity about what was happening, whether the children were seeing ghosts or whether these were merely in the imagination of the governess.
Brando had taught the children that death can be a great thing and that people will be united in the afterlife. He had experienced a run of ill-health since eating a bad oyster on holiday in Barbados in 2007. Which is exactly how the children view it. Certainly, some of the sadomasochistic scenes, like where Marlon Brando ties Stephanie Beacham up and starts whipping her with a rope before having sex her and when the children start imitating this are mildly disturbing. It's been less common to find examples on the big screen, and one of the oddest of these is easily The Nightcomers, an account of the events leading up to Henry James's influential ghost story novella, The Turn of the Screw.
All of the actors do a terrific job in a very unusual and somewhat disturbing film. The now deceased Winner has always been an enjoyable raconteur despite his rather, um, unorthodox views that would be far out of favor these days, and it's a worthy track up there with the one he contributed to The Sentinel. The another is provided by historian and writer, Kat Ellinger, whose commentaries are always reliably wry, loaded with trivia and keen insights on any given film. What is supposed to seem nasty and perverse to the viewer comes across as nothing more than sex games. Harvey in fact was 19 at the time of filming but is remarkably convincing as a girl of about 12 or 13.
Soon though, the children begin to imitate the games they see the adults playing. With only these three adults for company, the children live an isolated life in the sprawling country manor estate. The Nightcomers purports to be a prequel to the events that led up to The Turn of the Screw. He also becomes lovers with the children's governess, Miss Jessel ' Beacham , and their kinky bedroom antics have a sinister influence on the children who start to copy their elders in an increasingly dangerous fashion. Miles and Flora may have become the little monsters in the novella. The Kino Lorber looks a little click brighter, but otherwise the two Blu-rays offer virtually identical viewing experiences and retain the original English mono mix with optional English subtitles.