Die Screaming Marianne Review
She is Marianne. The daughter of a corrupt judge, a serial free lover and on the run from the reckoning of her adulthood - the bequest of incriminating evidence against daddy from her long dead mother. Marianne gets by through finding her way through men, exotic dancing and avoiding the traps laid by her deadly relatives. She discovers something close to a proper relationship by marrying her lover's best friend but finds herself back on the Algarve ducking trouble whilst working on her tan.
Ambition though is not always a bad thing and a low budget attempt at a sexy thriller with gorgeous locations can be given some credit. What seems to be very much the truth is that when Walker or the screenplay tries to be clever the film comes over as downright stupid but when he gives up the exploitation goodies then it's much more fun. And the goodies of flesh, sin and corruption save silly twists and a ropey story.
Technical SpecsReleased as one of a number of Walker entries in Odeon's Best of British collection, the film gets an anamorphic presentation at 1.78:1 not 1.85:1 as described upon the box. The underlying print exhibits wear and tear with the warmer scenes bearing a yellowed hue, and lines and minor damage visible throughout. There do seem to be compression artefacts but the image is not oversharpened and I noticed little in the way of edge enhancement. I have not seen other DVD releases of the film but this seems to be a sensitive if not perfect visual presentation.
Special featuresThe film is accompanied by a commentary featuring Walker and Jonathan Rigby which Mike Sutton covered in his review of the previous Pete Walker Collection review that you'll find on this site here. It's a fun track with tons of interesting stories and tidbits that flows naturally and sympathetically between the two men.
In the Walker interview, the director talks about his debt to Film Noir, getting Susan George, and casting Barry Evans when he wanted Ian McShane. The difficulties of working with a young cast who were rather full of themselves for a young director and Walker's ploy to get back in charge is a good anecdote, and Walker proves good company for the viewer again.
Several trailers and a 40 image photo gallery complete the package on this dual layer all region disc. The disc also comes with a booklet featuring a three page essay from Steve Chibnall which deals with the film, it's shortcomings and some extra interesting background on Barry Evans.
SummaryAs a piece of iconography, Walker's film is worth a play but as a thriller it is rather weak and a little incompetent. Odeon's release of the film has competent a/v and extras not on the previous Anchor Bay Pete Walker Collection.
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