Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Nightcomers (1971)

AVCO Embassy Pictures
Directed by Michael Winner
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(DVD, Lionsgate)

Teenage orphans are sent away to a remote country manor where they are put under the care of a governess, housekeeper and gardener. They fall under the spell of the gardener, who spins wild stories and is having a sadomasochistic affair with the governess. The boy spies on their violent trysts, re-enacting them with his sister. The horrified housekeeper writes their father in an attempt to get the lovers fired, but the kids have other ideas. Another eclectic performance by Marlon Brando as the gardener, with a very strange Irish accent. The strong sexual content presages Last Tango in Paris which he would do the next year, though it was The Godfather that would bring him renewed fame.

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