About Keith Richards attending the ‘Cul de Sac’ movie premiere in 1966…
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Very rare footage of Keith attending the premiere of Roman Polanski’s ‘Cul de Sac’ movie at the Cameo-Poly cinema, London, June 2 1966. From the Kinolibrary Archive Film collection.
Cul-de-sac is a 1966 British psychological comedy thriller film directed by Roman Polanski, written by Polanski and Gérard Brach, and starring Donald Pleasence, Françoise Dorléac, Lionel Stander, Jack MacGowran, Iain Quarrier, Geoffrey Sumner, Renée Houston, William Franklyn, Trevor Delaney, and Marie Kean. It also features Jacqueline Bisset (credited as Jackie Bisset) in a small role, in her second film appearance. Polanski’s second English-language feature, it follows two injured American gangsters who take refuge in the remote island castle of a young British couple in northern England, spurring a series of mind games and violent altercations.
The black and white cinematography is by Gil Taylor.
The film was shot on location in 1965 on the island of Lindisfarne (also known as Holy Island) off the coast of Northumberland, England. Lindisfarne Castle, which served as the home in the film, is now a National Trust property and can be toured by the public; despite the passage of time, the building and its surroundings are largely unchanged.
Cul-de-Sac has been compared in tone and theme with the works of Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter, and these similarities are underscored by the casting of two principal roles in the film: Jack MacGowran was renowned for his stage performances of Beckett’s plays and Donald Pleasence originated the role of Davies in Pinter’s The Caretaker. The film’s German title is Wenn Katelbach kommt (When Katelbach Comes). Christopher Weedman also notes the film’s similarities with “such hard-edged Humphrey Bogart hostage thrillers as The Petrified Forest (Archie Mayo, 1936), Key Largo (John Huston, 1948), and The Desperate Hours (William Wyler, 1955).”
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