Dragonwyck. 1946. USA. Written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Based on the novel by Anya Seton. With Vincent Price, Gene Tierney, Walter Huston. DCP. 103 min.
Alfred Newman’s haunting score sets the precise emotional and psychological tone for Mankiewicz’s Gothic romance. It’s 1844 and the Wells family lives a life of religious rigor in Connecticut. One day Abigail, the family matriarch, receives a note from her wealthy cousin Nick Van Ryn asking if one of her daughters would come to live with him, his wife, and their ill daughter. Miranda desperately wants to leave her sheltered life and volunteers to go to Dragonwyck, the Van Ryns’ large, ghostly mansion in the Hudson Valley.