A Place of One’s Own (With Apologies to Virginia Woolf)

“Atmospheric” is a term often applied to non-scary stories with a supernatural element, and as such the description is aptly applied to A Place of One’s Own, a 1945 British film directed by Bernard Knowles, who also directed the lesser known 1935 and 1940 versions of The 39 Steps and Gaslight.  While not exactly a hidden gem, I would rate it as hidden cubic zirconia, particularly for it’s interesting depiction of the role gender plays in one’s reaction to the supernatural.  Women are depicted simultaneously as subject to hysteria and therefore warranting dismissal and in possession (no pun intended!) of a feminine intuition that men ignore at their peril.  And are there Freudian implications in a story of a young woman who falls in love and is subsequently unable to repress possession by a spirt consumed with passion?  Nah!

The poster for this film is dreadful, but the film itself is not, particularly if you like “atmospheric” works like Rebecca and Curse of the Cat People.


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