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Stranger in the House (Flipside 037) (Dual Format Edition)


In the latest addition the BFI Flipside collection, James Mason stars in this intergenerational drama as a cynical barrister who must confront the alien world of the Swinging Sixties to defend his daughter’s boyfriend

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Little seen since its original release, stylishly shot in Winchester and Southampton by Academy Award-winner Kenneth Higgins (Georgy Girl) and co-starring Ian Ogilvy (Witchfinder General), this striking psychological thriller based on Maigret creator Georges Simenon’s celebrated novel is ripe for rediscovery.

Once an eminent barrister, John Sawyer (James Mason) has become a cynical, reclusive drunk, long deserted by his wife, baffled by the burgeoning youth culture and held in contempt by his daughter, Angela (Geraldine Chaplin). But when her boyfriend is wrongfully accused of murder, Sawyer must confront his demons and a changing world in order to defend him.

The 37th release in the BFI Flipside strand, Stranger in the House is presented on Blu-ray and DVD in a Dual Format Edition. A stack of archival extras include photographer David Bailey’s 1966 film G.G. Passion, a psychedelic 1968 advert for coffee, an interview with James Mason, a new commentary and an illustrated booklet.

Previously unavailable on DVD or Blu-ray in the UK.

BFI Flipside is dedicated to rediscovering the margins of British film, reclaiming a space for forgotten movies and filmmakers who would otherwise be in danger of disappearing from our screens forever. It is a home for UK cinematic oddities, offering everything from exploitation documentaries to B-movies, countercultural curios and obscure classics, If it's weird, British and forgotten, then it's Flipside.

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  • Presented in High Definition and Standard Definition
  • G.G. Passion (David Bailey, 1966, 25 mins): a pop singer is hounded to death in this fab film featuring Chrissie Shrimpton and Caroline Munro
  • Good Strong Coffee (c1968, 2 mins): swingers swig coffee in this psychedelic ad for the black stuff
  • Tram Journey Through Southampton (c1900, 1 min)
  • Charlie Chaplin Sails From Southampton (1921, 1 min)
  • Southampton Docks (1964, 24 mins): marvellous mod machinery at work on a merchant vessel
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • James Mason in Conversation (1981, 86 mins, audio only): the actor discusses his career in an interview at the National Film Theatre, London
  • Newly recorded audio commentary by Flipside founders Vic Pratt and William Fowler
  • Illustrated booklet with new writing by Jonathan Rigby, Omer Ali and Antion Vikram Meredith (formerly Vic Briggs of The Animals)
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SKU 5035673013274
Catalogue Number BFIB1327
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1967
Director Pierre Rouve
Format DVD, Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) BFI
Countries United Kingdom
Aspect ratio 1.66:1
Colour Colour
Sound 2.0 Mono (Blu-ray), Dolby Digital 2.0 mono (DVD)
Subtitles English Hard of Hearing
Language(s) English
Running time 104 min
DVD region 2
Blu-ray region B
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