Monday, 30 April 2012

The Signalman (A Ghost Story for Christmas) 1976

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I have no trailer for this one, rather a special treat at the end.

The Signalman is based on the same titled short story by Charles Dickens and is lovingly adapted in that way that the BBC does so well. The story is almost entirely conversational and between just two characters, that of the traveller and a railway Signal Box operator, the titular Signalman. vlcsnap-2012-04-29-19h28m56s178

Running at a bare 40 minutes the film is nonetheless a great example of how engrossing a well told story can be, spooky and intriguing from start to end the tale is excellently portrayed and Denholm Elliot as the haunted (literally) signalman is a treat to watch as he struggles with his seclusion in the depths of a railway cutting.vlcsnap-2012-04-29-19h22m34s200

A great and atmospheric short film fantastically shot and well worth a watch…which you can do for free right here, so don't take my word for it. I present, The Signalman.

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