(aka 'Crash of Silence' or 'The Story of Mandy')
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.
Theatrical Release: July 1952
DVD Review: Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL
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|Distribution||Optimum Home Entertainment - Region 2 - PAL|
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)|
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.