Penelope Gilliatt – One By One
Posted by demonik on November 19, 2009
Penelope Gilliatt – One By One (Panther, 1967)
A CITY TORN APART BY MADNESS, FEAR, SAVAGERY AND DISILLUSION …
300 years after the Black Death, London is once again an isolated, panic-stricken city of the dying and the dead …. in the grip of a fearsome plague that has killed 10,000 people by the third week of August.
The boffins are baffled. The PM returns from his grouse moors …
Theatres and cinemas close; the football pools continue by ballot .. .
Afraid of infection, men stop making love to their wives. Out-of-work prostitutes turn to collecting corpses …
BUT MOST EXTRAORDINARY OF ALL IS WHAT HAPPENS TO JOE AND POLLY, AN ORDINARY HAPPILY MARRIED COUPLE, DURING THAT APOCALYPTIC SUMMER OF CLEAR BLUE SKIES AND ROTTING FLESH
“Almost uncannily readable” – Sunday Telegraph