Tuesday, November 20, 2012
"Games" (1967) starring Simone Signoret, James Caan and Katharine Ross is a psychological thriller that is full of twists and turns, directed by Curtis Harrington.
Paul (Caan) and Jennifer (Ross) Montgomery live an upscale life surrounded by an eclectic mix of friends. One day Lisa Schindler (Signoret) comes by claiming she knows an old friend of Jennifer. Turns out she's a salesperson selling perfumes and soaps. Before you know it, Katharine has invited her to stay because Lisa is between homes.
Paul and Jennifer like games. They have an entire room filled with games. Lisa tells them about some more dangerous games she has played in her past. Gradually we see the three team up in different pairs to play pranks on the other until one of the jokes goes terribly wrong.
The actors are excellent at their parts. Just when you think the movie is going one way, it goes another. This is an excellent thriller to watch.