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Ballad of Tam-Lin, The


aka: The Devil's Widow
UK 1970, 106 minutes
Dir. Roddy McDowall
Genres: Horror


Aroview: The only film that prolific acting great Roddy McDowall ever directed is this British folk horror based on the Celtic legend Tam Lin.

Legendary Hollywood goddess Ava Gardner plays a wealthy and sophisticated seductress presiding over the dawn-to-dusk revelry at her country estate. Amidst the partying, an impulsive young man (Ian McShane, long before he was Al Swearengen in DEADWOOD) begins to suspect that being the life of her party could have murderous consequences.

Marred by a troubled production history and released under multiple names, this is a beguiling 70's update of European folklore source material. Features plenty of interesting psychedelic touches, not least of which is the score by acclaimed composer Stanley Myers and British folk-jazz band Pentangle.

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DVD Features

  • audio commentary
  • cast and/or crew interviews
  • English subtitles for the hearing impaired
  • 'making of' documentary / featurette
  • aspect ratio: 2.35:1

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