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Blast of Silence (1961, Allen Barron) (1 Viewer)

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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The Drifter

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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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