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Scott Ventura >> Movie Commentary >> May 2000 >> The Wicker Man
I have read enough of the production history of The Wicker Man to suspect that I haven't seen the full-blown movie. What I have seen was a sub-ninety-minute version available at the local video rental emporium. What I have seen does little to raise my respect for 1973 as a good year for movies, having only the confusing What? to sit beside it. Oddly enough, there was a scene where I started to suspect that Robin Hardy was a pseudonym for Roman Polanski, given the similar prediliction for naked and near-naked women. Here the most famous is Britt Ekland, a soon-to-be Bond Girl in The Man with the Golden Gun.
Wicker Man reminded me mostly of "The Prisoner", in which a man is in a strange, self-contained place packed with bizarre individuals. There was always a feeling that some newly revealed detail would explain some of the curious things that appeared before. Nothing is secret at the end of The Wicker Man, but there's hardly anything worth knowing to begin with. I must admit, though, that I was significantly creeped out after having seen it, even if I wasn't aware of it while watching.