This was a haunting, classic episode of the Night Gallery Series. I've always been a fan of quality short story fiction, which is a dying art nowadays. This episode stands out. The sensitive portrayal of a young boy's decent into catatonic schizophrenia from the boy's point of view as his family watches on in frustrated horror, this is one of the most unique and special episodes of the entire series, and one of the most unique things I've ever seen on network television. The fact that it sticks out clearly in my memory after nearly forty years gives testimony to that. Night Gallery was an amazing series.
Like Miss Smilla in the Peter Hoeg novel, young Paul has a feeling for snow - it has magical properties for him. The fall of snow brings something special into his existence, and its springtime departure is heartbreaking; he retreats into what seems to be catatonia. This extremely unusual "Night Gallery" episode (a second attempt by director Gene Kearney to dramatise Conrad Aiken's famous story) explains nothing and has few obvious dramatic highpoints; it depends on lyrical photography and, above all, on the narration, which takes us into Paul's mind. It was Kearney's great good fortune to obtain the services of Orson Welles for this. He does a wonderful job.
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