Sunday, February 25, 2007

In Cold Blood (1967)

Posted by Curt

The neo-noir movie, In Cold Blood, is an extremely, hypnotic realistic account of the senseless, random murders of an innocent Kansas family by two young killers (Blake & Wilson), who believe the Clutters have a huge amount of money in ther home and erupt into a blazing amount of violence when they find this is not so. In his brilliant adapation of Truman Capote's superb nonfiction novel, director Richard Brooks coaxed magnificent performances from a generally unknown cast and with intriguing black-and-white visuals from Conrad Hall created a graphic and unsettling film experience. The movie traces the pattern of aimlessness and grandiose fantasies of riches characterizing the lives of ex-convicts Perry Smith (Blake) and Dick Hicock (Wilson).

The tension builds slowly and evenly, after all, we do know the outcome to the horrible climax, the nightmare we all have had as we lie in bed at night. Film critics were harsh with this movie when they critized the objective treatment of the victims, the Clutter family, decent people who are seen without any humanizing qualities that would have made their deaths ever more shocking. But in fact, the filming of their rapid, gruesome slaughter is a stunning cinematic coup. In harsh, silent strokes, we watch the carnage through blood-splattered walls, outstretched limbs and violently firm strokes of a knife. This is an outstanding neo-noir film, easily the most powerful one ever made by director Richard Brooks. For those of you who haven't seen it yet, I urge you to do so, it will be well worth your time.


Michigan Seo said...

This was an excellent film. It was dark, disturbing, and horrifying. It was an excellent adaption to Capote's novel.

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