May 11, 2007

Brief Impressions: Point Blank (Boorman, 1967)

A breathtaking fusion of art film and genre flick. Probably the most formally inventive/experimental crime film that has ever come out of Hollywood. Boorman's influences include the Nouvelle Vague, Jean-Pierre Melville, and Harold Pinter, and the result is nothing short of breathtaking. Lee Marvin is raw power fused with unbelievable grace. At times, the cinematography, editing and especially sound design seem almost Avant-garde. I need a bit more time to parse a more complete reaction (possibly a second viewing), but don't wait... Go see this film now! IMDb listing.

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