The Strange Affair

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The Strange Affair
"The Strange Affair" (1968).jpg
Australian daybill poster
Directed by David Greene
Produced by Howard Harrison
Stanley Mann
Written by Eve Greene
Stanley Mann
Jerome Odlum
Oscar Saul
Bernard Toms (novel)
Starring Michael York
Jeremy Kemp
Susan George
Music by Basil Kirchin
Jack Nathan (uncredited)
Cinematography Franz F. Palmer
Alex Thomson
Edited by Brian Smedley-Aston
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • 24 July 1968 (1968-07-24)
Running time 106 min
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Strange Affair is a 1968 British crime film directed by David Greene, and starring Michael York, Jeremy Kemp and Susan George.[1]

Plot[edit]

Peter Strange (York) is an idealistic young police recruit who gets mixed up with a tough and jaded Scotland Yard detective (Kemp). The inspector is trying to arrest a gang of drug smugglers, and threatens to blackmail Strange unless he plants some heroin on one of the gang. Strange reluctantly agrees, but lands in further trouble when he's the one who gets arrested. Meanwhile, Strange is having an affair with Frederika (George), who is part of a porno ring where her aunt and uncle film her sexual encounters from behind a one-way mirror.[2]

Cast[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

  • Allmovie wrote, "a fragmentary "'60s" interpretation of a straightforward Bernard Toms novel...Like many British films of its period, it seems more concerned with inducing pop-art headaches than simply telling its story.[3]
  • Time Out wrote, "a well-written anecdote about police manners and methods, straight out of some TV cop series, but as viewed by Greene's wilfully wayward camera, it becomes a bizarre, quirkishly funny thriller which laces its documentary surface with a fine grain of fantasy. Much of Greene's later work disappointed, but here he displays a visual flair (gang violence in an echoing warehouse, murder among the wrecked cars in a scrapheap, seduction in a fantastically opulent boudoir) that would not entirely have shamed Welles in his Lady from Shanghai mood.[4]
  • The New York Times wrote, "If the muscular and sexy goings-on are excessive and irrational on occasion, some of the principals lend credible, physical support to their characterizations. Michael York...is properly personable and confused as the harried Strange. Susan George, a comparative newcomer who is pert, snub-nosed and pretty, makes eroticism a pleasure, even if her sudden switch from promiscuity to Strange's everloving girl, remains a mystery. Jeremy Kemp is convincingly neurotic as the indomitable sergeant...They all prove that "The Strange Affair" is where the sensational action is, even if it is entirely strange and unbelievable.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Strange Affair | BFI | BFI". Explore.bfi.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-03-10. 
  2. ^ "The Strange Affair Trailer, Reviews and Schedule for The Strange Affair | TVGuide.com". Movies.tvguide.com. Retrieved 2014-03-10. 
  3. ^ "The Strange Affair (1968) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 2014-03-10. 
  4. ^ "The Strange Affair | review, synopsis, book tickets, showtimes, movie release date | Time Out London". Timeout.com. 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2014-03-10. 
  5. ^ A. H. Weiler. (1968-07-25). "Movie Review - The Strange Affair - Strange Affair'". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2014-03-10. 

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