The Other

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Blood broth­ers

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1972 | 12 | Dual- for­mat Blu- ray/ DVD Direc­tor: Robert Mul­li­gan Cast: Chris Ud­varnoky, Martin Ud­varnoky, Uta Ha­gen Though it hinges on a twist al­most im­me­di­ately ap­pre­hen­si­ble for any­one with a keen ob­ser­va­tional eye, that doesn’t sig­nif­i­cantly de­tract from this slice of ’ 30s gothic, for The Other seems less con­cerned with tug­ging the rug from be­neath your feet and more with con­jur­ing a mood; with evok­ing a his­tor­i­cal mo­ment.

That mo­ment be­ing ru­ral Con­necti­cut in 1935. We fol­low young twins Niles and Hol­land ( Chris and Martin Ud­varnoky, both are ex­cel­lent) as they pinch pre­serves from a bat­tleaxe neigh­bour, sneak into the freak­show at a trav­el­ling fair, and gen­er­ally bug­ger about. But as the bod­ies stack up from un­for­tu­nate “ac­ci­dents”, it be­comes ap­par­ent that some­thing is rot­ten in the state of Den­mark. Or rather, Hol­land…

As the story pro­ceeds to­wards a shock­ingly grim con­clu­sion, it’s left to the viewer to de­cide whether this is the tale of a bad seed or some­thing su­per­nat­u­ral. But what stays with you is the way direc­tor Robert Mul­li­gan and cine­matog­ra­pher Robert Sur­tees – ably as­sisted by com­poser Jerry Gold­smith – paint a sun- dap­pled pic­ture of the pe­riod, and its charm­ing de­tails: the bored gum- chew­ing of a ma­gi­cian’s as­sis­tant; a snatch of ar­chaic lingo like, “he’ll have a con­nip­tion”. You prob­a­bly won’t shiver with hor­ror, but you will be trans­ported to an­other time.

Ex­tras: On the disc, just a trailer. A 36- page book­let con­sists mostly of an in­ter­est­ing 1972 in­ter­view with the direc­tor. Ian Ber­ri­man

Ker­plunk never ex­cited Kevin.

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