(aka 'Crash of Silence' or 'The Story of Mandy')

Directed by Alexander Mackendrick
UK 1952


Alexander Mackendrick was chiefly known for his wry comedies (The Man in the White Suit, Whisky Galore); this 1952 film was one of his rare forays into drama, and it shows him the master of an understated but highly charged style. What seems at first a typical problem drama of the period--a mother's attempts to secure some kind of education for her deaf daughter--is revealed as only the central image in a more general evocation of the failures of communication in the British family structure. The vivid performances Mackendrick elicits from his players (Phyllis Calvert, Mandy Miller) combine with a subjective camera style to create one of the few emotionally demanding experiences in the British cinema.

Excerpt from Dave Kehr review at the Chicago Reader located HERE.


Theatrical Release: July 1952

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Distribution Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:29:24 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.35 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles None

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Studio: Optimum Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: January 28th, 200
Keep Case
Chapters: 12



A pragmatic single-layered effort from Optimum - but I am more ecstatic that the film is available on DVD at all. Contrast is a little dull and there may be some interspersed boosting but at least it is progressive and totally watchable.

Optimum has chosen not to include optional subtitles or any supplements - which is a shame as the film deserves so much better. Give yourself a treat and get this DVD and enjoy this wonderful joy of cinema.

Gary W. Tooze



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