Cinema: Out of Control

TEN DAYS' WONDER

Directed by CLAUDE CHABROL

Screenplay by PAUL GARDNER and EUGENE ARCHER

"This wonder, as wonders last, lasted nine days," intones Orson Welles in his best Eastern Airlines Wings-of-Man voice. The image cuts abruptly from a black screen to Tony Perkins thrashing and twitching in bed. He is in the last throes, we learn later, of an uncongenial drug experience. His hands are drenched in blood—"my blood," Perkins sobs, although he does not seem to have even a minor contusion.

Claude Chabrol, who excels at tightly disciplined exercises in suspense (This Man Must Die, Le Boucher), seems himself to be going...

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