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Bunny Lake is Missing (Sous-titres français)
When Ann Lake (Carol Lynley, The Poseidon Adventure) goes to pick up four-year-old Bunny at her newpreschool in London, she's told that no child by that name is enrolled there! Superintendent Newhouse (Lawrence Olivier, Hamlet, Academy Award(r) Best Actor of 1948,The Boys From Brazil) of Scotland Yard is assigned to the case. His suspects include: Steven Lake (Keir Dullea, 2001: A Space Odyssey), the child's protective uncle; Horatio Wilson (Noel Coward, The Italian Job, 1969), the Lake's decadent landlord; and Aida Ford (Martita Hunt, Anastasia), the school's eccentric ex-headmistress, but he soon learns that no one has actually seen the child and there is absolutely no proof that Bunny ever existed! Ann maintains the child's been kidnapped, but Newhouse begins to suspect that the hysterical young woman may just be insane.
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Otto Preminger directed this and Olivier starred in it, and it's still a total bomb. The problem lies in the script, which is full of plot holes, and the direction, which is just lacking in every way. All of the characters are one-dimensional; Olivier's superintendent is so bland and underwhelming (as well as mostly ineffectual) that he just takes up space on the screen. Dullea shows no range or subtlety; his one expression - spaced-out nutcase - is over the top and leaves no room for doubt as to the ending. Noel Coward appears as a slimy, drunk,
landlord who is repulsive instead of witty. The biggest shortcoming is casting Carol Lynley as the lead; she's anemic, wimpy, unconvincing, and unsympathetic. (Jane Fonda was considered for the part and would have been a stronger choice.)
It's too overwrought and poorly-acted to be truly suspenseful and it commits the ultimate cinema sin: It's boring. (The same is-the-daughter-real plot was done more successfully in Jodie Foster's film, "Flightplan.")
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Perfect casting (with the exception of one major player, whose identity might interfere with your first-time enjoyment, so I won't be a Spoiler) with La Lynley as the gamine supreme, Keir Dullea as her lookalike brother, Olivier as a charming detective and Martita Hunt & Noel Coward in amazing cameo performances.
Otto Preminger and Saul Bass bring marvelous mood to the pulp fiction novel by Evelyn Piper on which this was based.
Yes, it's dated...yes. modern audiences will find chuckles in the storyline holes, but all in all it is a marvelous movie beautifully presevered on DVD. But why, oh why, didn't Columbia get Carol Lynley to do a Commentary track!? This is her personal favorite credit and she has great stories share... If you get the chance to hear her speak on the subject, grab it!
Meanwhile, cuddle up with the popcorn and enjoy!
Clive Revill and top-billed Laurence Olivier are the cool detectives who investigate the sister's claim that her child is missing on its first day in school. Mind you, we nor anyone else has seen the little girl; indeed, given the couple's behavior, whether the child exists at all is doubtful. Anna Massey and the incomparable Maritita Hunt operate the school, and no less a personage than the chi-chi playwright Noel Coward shows up as a seedy busybody pervert who voiceovers for the BBC. The casting director gets a gold star for this one.
Preminger is incapable of making a dull movie. His thriller is only slightly dated and has enough suspense and narrative thrust to mitigate the red herrings and occasional overacting. The jazzy score, the widescreen black-and-white cinematography, even the evocative Saul Bass titles (oddly rendered here in small screen), are first rate. The surprise ending only makes sense if you have not been paying attention. A remake is rumored, so try to catch this first DVD transfer to see how they change it. They always do, you know.
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