Negatives


1h 38m 1968

Brief Synopsis

Theo, a used-furniture dealer, and his lover, Vivien, like to enhance their love-making through dressing-up and role-playing. He pretends he's notorious murderer Dr. Hawley Harvey Crippen; she pretends she's either Crippen's wife, Belle Elmore, or Crippen's mistress, Ethel Le Neve. When they're not having sex, Theo and Vivien engage in a lot of bickering, but continue to live together above Theo's London shop. Entering their lives one day is Reingard, a female German photographer who's been observing the couple, whom she finds intriguing. Reingard moves into one of the rooms above the shop; under her influence, Theo begins to shed his Crippen persona in favor of that of another notorious figure, German flying ace Baron von Richthofen, a development which threatens to impact Theo's relationship with Vivien.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening: 14 Oct 1968
Production Company
Kettledrum Productions-Narizzano Productions
Distribution Company
Continental Distributing, Inc.
Country
United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Negatives by Peter Everett (London, 1964).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

Synopsis

Theo and Vivien, an unmarried couple, live above an antique store owned by Theo's father, who is slowly dying of cancer in a nearby hospital. The two can function sexually only by acting out a fantasy in which Theo becomes turn-of-the-century wife murderer Dr. Crippen, and Vivien alternately assumes the roles of Crippen's wife, Belle, and his mistress, Ethel. One day an attractive German photographer, Reingard, witnesses the couple, dressed in their Edwardian costumes and acting out their fantasy. Fascinated with the game, Reingard photographs the action, and she soon moves in as a lodger. While Vivien enjoys the Crippen drama, Theo finds his part humiliating. Reingard convinces him that he looks like World War I ace pilot Baron Manfred von Richthofen, and he assumes the role totally, burning the Crippen clothes when his father dies. Vivien becomes jealous of Theo's solitary fantasy and tries to destroy the plane that he has installed on the roof-garden; but Theo beats her unmercifully, and she is taken to the hospital. Reingard decides that the situation has gotten out of hand and leaves Theo in his plane, embroiled in an imaginary battle. He is last seen slumped in the plane with blood trickling from his mouth.

Film Details

Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening: 14 Oct 1968
Production Company
Kettledrum Productions-Narizzano Productions
Distribution Company
Continental Distributing, Inc.
Country
United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Negatives by Peter Everett (London, 1964).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 38m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Eastmancolor)

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Notes

Released in Great Britain in 1970 in a 98 min. version. Location scenes filmed in London. Producer Judd Bernard re-purchased film from Paramount Pictures, which co-financed production.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States Fall October 1968

Released in United States Fall October 1968