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And Soon the Darkness

In which Brian ‘Avengers’ Clemens turns in what amounts to a proto-Thriller episode about two girls (Pamela Franklin and Michele Dotrice) on a cycling holiday in France, menaced by a sinister moped rider. Robert ‘Avengers’ Fuest directs, Laurie ‘Avengers’ Johnson scores. And so does the discerning punter, as it’s a small-scale mystery gem, abiding by Clemens’ lifelong ‘wrongfoot the audience’ and ‘suggest, don’t show’ maxims. Top photography and loads of Clemens trademarks (reflections in mirrored lenses, camera creeping through undergrowth) add visual classiness to a razor-sharp pared-down story.

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