The Strange Affair
|The Strange Affair|
Australian daybill poster
|Directed by||David Greene|
|Produced by||Howard Harrison
|Written by||Eve Greene
Bernard Toms (novel)
|Music by||Basil Kirchin
Jack Nathan (uncredited)
|Cinematography||Franz F. Palmer
|Edited by||Brian Smedley-Aston|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
Peter Strange (Michael York) is an idealistic young police recruit who gets mixed up with the machinations of a tough and jaded Scotland Yard detective inspector (Jeremy 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 (Susan George), who is part of a pornography ring; her aunt and uncle film her sexual encounters from behind a one-way mirror. (Susan George was 17 at the time the film was shot.)
- Michael York - Peter Strange
- Jeremy Kemp - Pierce
- Susan George - Frederika 'Fred' March
- Jack Watson - Quince
- George A. Cooper - Kingsley
- Barry Fantoni - Charley Small
- Artro Morris - Inspector Evans
- Nigel Davenport - Defence Attorney
- Patrick Connor - Sergeant Mac
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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