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" This is pretty much Bryan Forbes's opening gambit as he collects me from a Surrey station and whisks me in his big, comfy car to his big, comfy house, though it could easily be a line lifted straight from his superlative 1975 shocker, The Stepford Wives.
It's an oddly serendipitous start, since I'm here to press the veteran British director for his recollections of making the creepy, blackly comic film, in the light of Frank Oz's radical remake, which opens in Britain on July 30.
Welcome to Tandridge, Surrey, the housewife capital of Britain.
Here in this privileged pocket of suburbia, two-thirds of women are stay-at-home mothers, compared with an average of 30 per cent nationwide.
On Tuesday, the Professional Golf Association’s Barclays tournament kicks off at Bethpage Black on Long Island — and it might be hard to keep your eye on the ball.
Several of the players have sexy significant others who will likely be steaming up the green.
He said he thought it would be interesting to get an English director to have a slant on American suburban life. Whenever I needed him he was either in analysis or at basketball games.
So I flew to New York and met with him, this strange character, the only producer I ever knew who actually tore a telephone out of the wall and threw it at somebody – fortunately," he adds, "not at me."Forbes describes going to New York and having dinner with Scherick and screenwriter William Goldman (whose CV already included Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid). He didn't like English directors – or maybe he just didn't like directors.
So is life for the women in this leafy corner of affluent Surrey as glorious as it seems on the surface?