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School of Shock: SILENT SNOW, SECRET SNOW

22/06/2013 19:10 by Kier-La Janisse

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“It was as if, in some delightful way, his secret gave him a fortress, a wall behind which he could retreat into heavenly seclusion.”
-    From Conrad Aiken’s SILENT SNOW, SECRET SNOW (1934)

I kicked off my 'School of Shock' column on the FANGORIA website with an essay on Gene Kearney's 1966 adaptation of Conrad Aiken's classic tale of alienation, SILENT SNOW, SECRET SNOW - an earlier, beautiful black and white version of what Kearney would return to in a NIGHT GALLERY episode years later. Although many people associated with the film have passed on, the essay features rare input from the mother of Simon Gerard, the young actor who played the (possibly schizophrenic) lead character. I am a big fan of this film, and I'm pretty proud of the essay.

See the complete essay, as well as the film, on the FANGO site HERE.

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