Starring Jennifer Jones, Cyril Cusack, David Farrar, George Cole, Hugh Griffith, Esmond Knight
Picturesque. Melodramatic. Illusory.
Typical of filmmaker pair, Powell and Pressburger’s, work, Gone to Earth is a stunning film. Set in the English countryside, where wild and naive, Hazel (Jones), is pursued by two very different men, brutish Jack Reddin (Farrar) and kind, Baptist minister, Edward Marston (Cusack), Gone to Earth fails, however, to reach the greatness of many of the their pictures. It’s too simple ultimately, though their mastery of craft is largely on display, and it has this wonderful dreamlike quality found in certain special films from the 1950s (Pandora and the Flying Dutchmen for example).
-Walter Tyrone Howard-