I've watched "The Wicker Man" again....the 1973 original....best ever.
Stirling performances by Edward Woodward as the overtly xian policeman, Christopher Lee as the heathen Lord Summerisle and of course; the beautiful, alluring Brit Ekland as Willow, the landlords daughter!
The film is full of pagan/heathen imagery, with music especially written for the film; which adds to the atmosphere as all good music for good movies does.
Apparently, the film ran out of budget early on in the shooting of it and Christopher Lee; by then a very much sought after actor, agreed to continue and finish the film for free!
I find the film quite powerful- in story line and performances, and wonder how many actors (if any at all) were affected by the meaning of it......indeed if any were pagans to begin with!
I recommend you all to watch it....and then compare it with the latest version (with Nicolas Cage, 2006) - in my opinion a poor relation; as much as I admire NCs movies this one did not quite cut it for me.
1 year ago