• 电影名称 Whistle and I'll Come to You

  •  类型  纪录片 / 传记
  •  国家  英国
  •  语言  英语
  •  时长  42 min / 42 min (UK)
  • 上映时间 1968 (UK)
One of a spate of M.R.James adaptations that the BBC shot from the late'sixties to the early 'eighties. All of them were memorable but this iscomfortably the best. Michael Hordern is the hapless academic who goes tothe coast for a short holiday and accidentally awakens something unnaturalwhile potte...
Eighteen years ago, when I was ten, I watched a short black and white filmthat my mum had recorded from the TV. It chilled me and my friends at thetime, and the image of a frightened man in a room, and being chased down abeach, has stayed with me ever since. I've often wondered what it was, andthen ...
"Whistle and I'll Come to You" is a real oddity.This video was released by the BFI as part of its new Archive TV seriesalong with "The Stone Tape". While "The Stone Tape" is instantlyaccessiblesci-fi drama this is a different story altogether.Written by M.R. James, "Whistle" tells the rather sad sto...
I couldn't approach this with quite the level of enthusiasm as some ofthe others here after just one watch. I decided to watch it a secondtime and then I began to pick up on more, and thus began to appreciateit more. It may be too slowly paced and subtle for some tastes, but Ithink the majority of h...
I would say that this is the best screen adaption of M.R. James's bestghost story. It follows the original story tastefully avoiding thetemptation to update the plot by sensationalising it or overdoing thesupernatural events that take place. Nor does it suffer from the BBCdramatization syndrome of t...
As some reviewers have pointed out, it is a slow film, nothing inparticular happens for much of the duration. However it is so wellshot, eerily so, that the slowness works in its favour. In fact itperfectly sums up the main characters life until he discovers thewhistle.The dream sequences, while bri...
Amazed to discover this has been released by the BFI, - for a rather hefty£20. I've been intrigued by this, not least by the comments on IMDb. Ithought this was quite different from the story by M.R.James, JonathanMiller characterising the Professor as the typical, socially inadequate,bumbling Acad...
I remember first hearing this on the radio 1948 and I can stillrecallthe tricks my imagination played every night when bedtime camearound.The T.V. version which I have seen a couple of times, is amongmyfavourite "spook" films. If it is ever aired again, and Icertainlyhope it is, viewers should not ...
I have read partisan levels of division on this notorious short. I willadd my view to the debate.The 'success' of the piece, if that's what garners acclaim oropprobrium depending on your perspective, is for me in the images thatlinger long after the film itself finishes. Most films finish and youthi...
Professor Parkins (Michael Hordern) is a bookish intellectual academic,who craves solitude, he books in to a remote hotel by the Englishcoast, frequented by holidaying golfers. He isn't very interested inthe hotel staff or the other guests and barely recognizes they arethere, due to his very deep th...
Utterly terrifying. Truly. As a horror flick fanatic from an early age,there's very little in the genre that actually scares me anymore. Imean, REALLY scares me. Most horror/thrillers just entertain me, butthat heart pounding 'scared' is virtually impossible to get out of me.Enter, Whistle and I'll ...
I agree with a mix of comments from reviews so far: Hordern brilliant,whole thing atmospheric and well-shot, but the ending felt rushed andnot at all as scary as the lead-up. The most chilling part of the shortstory on which this is based is the phrase "a face of crumpled linen"(James put the last t...
This short ghost story was written by M.R. James and directed byJonathan Miller for the BBC program Omnibus. James was a highlyaccredited academic, known for his work in the fields of medieval andbiblical history. But he also moonlighted as a writer, notably mostrenown for his ghost stories.This fil...
Montague Rhodes James (1862 –1936) was in his lifetime a noted academicwho became Provost of King's College, Cambridge and Headmaster of EtonCollege, but outside the academic community he is best rememberednowadays as perhaps the most celebrated author of ghost stories in theEnglish language. A...
I first heard of this TV adaptation of an M. R. James ghost story whenit was issued on R2 DVD by the British Film Institute; contemporaryreviews had played it up as a masterpiece and, where it not for theexceedingly short 42-minute running time, I would probably have goneout and purchased it like I ...
There's no doubt that this is a pretty creepy film. The black and whiteand the extreme closeups of the quite demented professor's haggardface, as he cringes in his narrow cot in a foetal position; terrifiedby the noises coming from that supposedly unoccupied bed in the corner,yet not daring to turn ...
Spoilers Ahead...Based upon the great novelist, M. R. James' short supernatural tale, Oh,Whistle, and I'll Come to You, My Lad, this early crafted BBC effort fromdirector Jonathan Miller (director of many Shakespeare TV adaptations) stillretains effectiveness today despite its lack of action. It is ...
M.R.James's ghost story is a justified classic, with a memorable storyand characters and a resolutely chilling atmosphere that sticks withyou even on multiple readings. This is the quintessential version ofthis wonderful story, not only maintaining the chilling atmosphere butalso the story's ambigui...
The most disturbing aspect of this wonderful film is that, forty yearson, the chances of seeing a production as ethereal or one that demandsso much from the viewer on 'mainstream' television, as this was in May1968, is nil.In 1968, works by Harold Pinter, Dennis Potter and remarkable one-offslike th...
A university professor, arrogantly believing he holds all the answersto life, the universe and everything, faces the ultimate horror duringa vacation at a quiet coastal village in Norfolk when he encounterssomething beyond all rational explanation.'Oh Whistle And I'll Come To You, My Lad' was my int...
I've seen both versions of Whistle And I'll Come To You. This 1968version and the 2010 programme starring John Hurt.I have to say, I much prefer the 2010 version.Up until recently I'd only seen that one. But over last Christmassomeone bought me the black and white 1968 short film, starring MichaelHo...
I finally got around to watching this well-loved and highly praised TVadaptation of the M.R. James tale and I must say that I cannot, for thelife of me, understand just why this receives so much affection to thisday.Michael Hordern plays Professor Parkins, a man giving himself a littleholiday to rel...
All good ghost stories should be in black-and-white. There's somethinginherently creepy in the crisp, greyish tones of B&W photography,effectively evoking a time and place where scientific logic didn't holdsuch sway, and the existence of lingering human spirits seemed moreplausible. Jonathan Miller'...
Professor Parkins travels to a remote guest house on the English coastto be able to continue to find peace and quiet for his studies andcontemplations. Enjoying his daily walks out onto the cliffs and dunes,Parkins finds himself lost in thought regularly, stimulated in part bylively discussions each...
I received the DVD of Whistle And I'll Come To You as a gift; had Ibought it, I might feel ripped off. A good story should have abeginning, middle and an end; this film is composed entirely, it seems,of middle. It has serious pacing issues (as I might say if I was fromHollywood), and the acting is q...
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