Thursday, 3 November 2011
Deep End (1970)
Occasionally I question why a particular film is described as a “classic”, Jerzy Skolimowski’s 1970 US-West German co-production Deep End is one such example. But don’t get me wrong this so called lost film deserved its restoration and recent cinema re-release along with a DVD release in July as part of the British Film Institutes worthwhile BFI Flipside series if for no other reason than to give us all a chance to sample this cinematic curio, one that gained critical triumph on its initial release but not box office success.
The much coveted Susan is played by one of the key figures of the sixties Jane Asher who was nominated, justifiably, for a Bafta for Best Supporting Actress for her role. She had already appeared opposite Michael Caine in a seminal sixties film Alfie (1966) and had been engaged to the Beatle Paul McCartney. I’m quite aware that the Polish director allowed his actors to improvise, but I’m afraid that Moulder Brown’s acting skills leaves a little bit to be desired. Initially masquerading as a light-hearted sexual sixties romp, the longer the film goes on the darker and more disturbing it gets. As I have said maybe not a classic but well worth a look.