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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Dominique Is Dead (1978)

Dominique is not a bad film.  It's simply too long for American audiences.  If this film could have been edited down to about 70-80 minutes it would be a nice thriller.  One of the reasons for this pace is that Dominique is from the UK whose films often have a slower pace in terms of plot development than their American counterparts.  Secondly, director Michael Anderson has stated in interviews that Dominique was taken out of his hands during editing and tampered against his wishes.  Who knows what the film would look like if he had more input into the finished product.
Dominique stars veteran actors Cliff Robertson and Jean Simmons who play David and Dominique Ballard.  The story begins with the Ballards who have a less than perfect marriage.  Dominique hangs herself and after the funeral her husband starts believing that he is being haunted by her spirit.  The acting is solid by everyone in the cast and the cinematography is fine as well.  The film establishes a nice mood even if it moves at a slow pace.
Dominique is available to view online or to download to your computer.  As long as you don't need constant action to keep you interested you might find Dominique is Dead to be an enjoyable tale of the supernatural.

Download a copy of the film from Archive.org
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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