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Blast of Silence (1961, Allen Barron)

Discussion in 'DVD' started by The Drifter, May 3, 2019.

  1. Message #1 of 3 May 3, 2019
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    The Drifter

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    I've seen the b&w film Blast of Silence several times over the years, on the Criterion DVD. Excellent movie, which focuses on a lone hitman who travels to NYC during the Christmas holidays to perform a "job".

    Great atmosphere, acting, period jazz score, and location. Early ’60’s NYC may as well be another character in the film. I also think that setting & filming the movie in Winter added to the intentional starkness; even the daytime scenes were gloomy and morose. Also setting the film at Christmas-time emphasized the alienation/loneliness of the main character.

    The second-person narration took some getting used to, but ultimately I found it very appropriate.

    Kudos to the Criterion Collection – if it weren’t for the DVD, I would never have gotten a chance to see the film (or hear of it, for that matter).

    If you like b&w noir films and haven’t already seen this, do yourself a favor and check it out.
     
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    Thanks. I love old movies.
     
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    To add to my last post, it's worth noting that this film has some similarities to the iconic 1976 NYC film Taxi Driver, which may be completely coincidental; I don't think Scorsese has ever cited BOS as an influence, but since I'm a big fan of both films, I definitely noticed:

    In BOS, the main character is rejected by a woman (as Travis Bickle was in TD), and things go downhill from there. This definitely reminded me quite a bit of TD, re: the lone sociopath who has problems forming any kind of personal connection with anyone, the NYC setting, etc. There is also "second-person" narration in BOS which somewhat delves in the main character's psyche - this brings to mind the first-person narration by TB in TD.
     
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