Okay, I'm gonna keep this post short, sweet and to the point. Quiggy over at The Midnite Drive-In is hosting a blogathon where the main theme is, well, film noirs. My pick?
|(1967, dir. Richard Brooks)|
Admittedly I wanted an excuse to re-watch this (it had been so long since I last saw it), and the relatively recent Criterion release provided such an example. Anyway, more after the jump. (As mentioned above, keeping things brief both out of laziness -- mainly that -- and hope to have more people seek it out.)
Released the same year as Bonnie and Clyde, Brooks' adaptation of Truman Capote's bestseller was one of the final nails in the Production Code's nearly completed coffin. Like the rest of the world, Hollywood was changing and this was one of several titles that deviated from its comfort zone.
Also of note with In Cold Blood is Conrad Hall's cinematography. As proven by his three Academy Award wins and seven additional nominations (In Cold Blood being for one of them), he captures some indelible images. Clearly Hall was one of the greats.
What could've been forgotten as an unfortunate crime in America's heartland was immortalized through both the ink of Capote's pen and the celluloid of Brooks' camera. Had it not been for either of these men, the Clutter family would've been viewed as nothing more than victims of an ill-planned robbery by those perhaps no longer among us.