A WONDERFUL FILM.
While chatting to a friend last night I was reminded of a film, that I first came across when I was a teenager.
A film that once seen is never forgotten, a film with a powerful blend of drama and thrilling outdoor adventure.
Oliver Reed arrives at a trading post in 1850s British Columbia, to sell his fur’s and buy a wife.
Having missed the annual "auction" of bond maidens, he purchases a mute girl Rita Tushingham.
Dragging the panic stricken girl to his cabin in the wilderness. He tries to win her affections by bullying and cajoling her , when that fails threatening her. But she remains antagonistic and unresponsive – until she saves his life by chopping of his leg with a axe, after he is caught in one of his own bear traps and is attacked by a pack of wolves.
Oliver Reed combines crude brawling strength with surprising sensitivity, in one of his best performances and Rita Tushingham matches him scene for scene.
As a teenager this film had a profound effect on my life and to this day I still view the film at least once a year.
Usually when I feel entrenched in bricks concrete, carbon monoxide, crime and the deafening sounds of every day life in a English town.
Pure escapism for me and I can not recommend this film highly enough.
(Probably not suitable for feminists)