Cinema: Double Trouble

THE OTHER

Directed by ROBERT MULLIGAN Screenplay by THOMAS TRYON

Like The Possession of Joel Delaney, The Other deals in unnatural, even unholy goings on and ominous shades from the psyche. It was Robert Mulligan's notion to flood this nightmarish fancy not so much with dark shadows as with the softly dappled light of a distant time, to evoke terror by the simple expedient of playing against it.

It is a good idea, at least in theory, but it goes wrong here because of Mulligan's persistent habit of sentimentalizing every image, making each look like a picture on an antique candy box. He lavishes...

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