Corruption (Carnage) (1968)
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Sir John Rowan (Peter Cushing), a prominent surgeon, meets and falls in love with twenty-something fashion model Lynn Nolan (Sue Lloyd). Despite the difference in their lives and ages -- he a respected medical professional in his fifties, she the toast of Carnaby Street, running in a circle of poseurs, pretenders, and people famous for being famous -- he is madly in love with her, "madly" being the operant word here. His jealousy leads to a fight at a photo shoot, which results in Lynn's
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The contemporary setting works against the kind of tale that was even a bit silly in the pre-heart-transplant era.
The concept of face -- as a noun, as a verb, as the mask that hides and exposes our emotions, as the anchor to our definition of self -- is so essential to human identity that horror films that hinge on the disfigurement of the face have a special power.
Peter Cushing is over-the-top crazy in this grindhouse-style goreathon. It's hard to imagine the filmmakers didn't know the end product would be campy.
A lot of betwixt-and-between movies came out in this era: sleazy B-pictures with major stars...and classier studio projects that dabbled in explicit sex and gore. Corruption fits both of those descriptions.
Satisfactorily plotted, with superb performances from Cushing and Lloyd, who manage to elevate the unseemly appetites of the script with class, turning cheap theatrics into an absorbing depiction of manipulation.
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