Saturday, July 18, 2015

Oliver Reed and Jane Merrow at Hallsands

Hallsands was a village on the South Devon coast that was swept away by the sea after its shingle beach was taken away to help build the dockyard at Devonport.

The Kingsbridge Gazette headline after its demise in January 1918 was:
The beach went to Devonport and the cottages went to the sea
The video is a scene from the 1964 Michael Winner film The System featuring Oliver Reed and Jane Merrow.

Reel and Rock says of it:
The real production star is Nicolas Roeg. His photography during Tinker and Nicola’s romantic idyll on a remote cliff-backed beach is one of my favorite things ever by him, comparable to Ingmar Bergman’s 1953 young-love classic Summer with Monika.

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