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In this episode, I talk about Robert Wise’s 1963 cult classic, “The Haunting.” It’s based on Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel “The Haunting of Hill House,” and stars Julie Harris as Eleanor Lance, a young woman who joins three people at a haunted house to investigate paranormal phenomena. Eleanor has spent over a decade caring for her invalid mother who has recently died. I explore how this film represents psychological disintegration and a woman searching for belonging as well as how the film uses sound and cinematography to create a frightening, claustrophobic atmosphere. At the beginning of the episode, I also talk about the recent news that Filmstruck is shutting down.
Full Show Notes:
- Larisa Shepitko episode
- Come and See episode
- Desert Hearts episode
- L’avventura episode
- Cleo from 5 to 7 episode
- Variety story on Filmstruck closing down
- My goodreads profile
- The Others episode
- Shirley Jackson’s books: The Haunting of Hill House, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Hangsaman
- Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life by Ruth Franklin
- Netflix show Haunting of Hill House
- A Star is Born Patreon episode
- The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
- Wanda episode
- Carnival of Souls episode
- Late Spring episode
- A Cinema of the Unruly Woman episode
- The Witch (2015)
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