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Blast of silence [videorecording]
Baron, Allen.
Adult Fiction Drama BLAST

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(1961) 89% (A) (9) Tomatoes * * * * "See my profile for the key to this code" * * * * SYNOPSIS: "Allen Baron's chilly 1961 noir "Blast of Silence" follows hitman Frank Bruno (played by Baron, who also wrote and directed) as he returns to New York City during Christmastime. Ostensibly in the city to perform a hit, the coldhearted Bruno finds himself unable to focus, instead choosing to lose himself in the winter festivities. He has to work himself up to the deed, and the film follows him as he meets his former sweetheart, who tosses him aside, strangles the man who supplies him with the murder weapon, kills the racketeer, and eventually gets double-crossed by the hoodlums who hired him." CONSENSUS: "There's lots to recommend this shoestring picture, which remains one of the better New York low-budget films." MOTIVATION FOR ME TO SEE: This film was on my long list to see, and I finally got to it. MY THOUGHTS: The film is fine, but it's New York City of the early '60's that makes an indelible character, especially (in the supplements) as director Baron roams around 1990 N.Y.C., revisiting film locations in a great German doc, which is itself updated to 2006. Great anecdotes - falling into Jamaica Bay leads to steak and picture financing; ironically pointing out the N.Y.C. skyline from the Staten Island Ferry, saying how it has changed so much from the 1961 film, little realizing that the Twin Towers in the background would suffer much greater change eleven years later; being rousted by the N.Y.C. police, who thought he was doing covert surveillance of them!; and on and on. The N.Y.C. night street scenes reminded me of French New-Wave Paris; Baron clears up any confusion about copying Louis Malle or Jean-Luc Godard, because they all had a similar problem: lack of money. But the biggest jolt was the swaztica scene, something a German schoolgirl, not critics, caught 30 years later at a showing in the Munich film festival. So what I'm saying is: nice film, but great commentary and information from the supplements. (Criterion Collection)
posted Jul 27, 2009 at 10:57PM
Avatar for Jonny B Jonny B said:
The opening sequence is worth the rest of the movie. Kupferman’s music is quite inventive in many styles. But the acting is pretty wooden.
posted Dec 31, 2010 at 12:40PM
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