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Blast of Silence (1961)

(บรรยายอังกฤษ)

 

Directer: Allen Baron

Writter: Allen Baron (screenplay),

Waldo Salt (narration written by)

Running time: 77 min

Country: USA

Language: English
Genre: Crime | Thriller | Drama

Subtitle: English
Starring: Molly McCarthy, Allen Baron and Larry Tucker

 

 

 

Storyline:
Having been ''away'' for some time, professional killer Frankie Bono returns to New York to do another job: assassinate some mid-level mobster. Although intending to avoid unnecessary ''contact'' while carefully stalking his victim, Bono is recognized by an old fellow from the orphanage, whose calm and unambitious citizen''s life and happy marriage contrast heavily with Bono''s solitary and haunted existence. Exhausted and distracted, Bono makes another mistake, but his contract is not one to back out of.


Special Features:
* New, restored digital transfer
* Requiem for a Killer: The Making of “Blast of Silence”
* Rare on-set Polaroids
* Locations revisited in 2008
* Theatrical trailer


Review:

    A hired killer from Cleveland has a job to do on a second-string mob boss in New York. But a special girl from his past, and a fat gun dealer with pet rats, each gets in his way.
   Allen Baron''s Blast of Silence is possibly the great lost masterpiece of film noir; a twilit, deathward emanation of everything that had underlain the form from its beginnings. No American film before it, made in Hollywood or anywhere else, had trafficked so promiscuously in unadulterated nihilism. The loneliness and doom and spiritual unease that operated at noir''s core and became more pronounced as the form slowly began shedding its visual trappings in the 1950s, here became its dominant emotional surface, infecting everything, consuming every character in the film rather than simply its protagonist.

 


    Blast of Silence, Allen Baron ignored the rules and brought forth a dissociated, ugly vision of his fellow man that, unlike its closest spiritual predecessors in noir, Aldrich''s Kiss Me Deadly (1955) and Irving Lerner''s Murder By Contract (1958), never resorts to either grotesquerie or easy symbology. Throughout the film, Baron''s secondary characters are to one degree or another living through the same moral decomposition his Frankie Bono is, and with as little success: A swinish gun dealer (Larry Tucker) who initially tries to rip Frankie off for the price of a .38 and a silencer, attempts to squeeze even more money out of him through a clumsy shakedown (though it gets him killed in one of cinema''s more brutal scenes of that period); an old acquaintance of Frankie''s (Molly McCarthy) who takes a kind of gleeful pity on his solitude and invites him ''round to her apartment to celebrate the holidays, only to come within an inch of being sexually assaulted. In fact, the character who seems least deserving of Frankie''s hatred is Troiano, the man he''s been hired to kill. We only see Troiano from a distance; through Frankie''s eyes, as it were. Yet despite his regular shack-up with some ardent young thing in Brooklyn, he lives a stable suburban existence for a hood.


   An American classic, as crucial to the launch of independent film as Cassavetes.

 


   Swift, brutal, and black-hearted, Allen Baron’s New York City noir Blast of Silence is a sensational surprise. This low-budget, carefully crafted portrait of a hit man on assignment in Manhattan during Christmastime follows its stripped-down narrative with mechanical precision, yet also with an eye and ear for the oddball idiosyncrasies of urban living and the imposing beauty of the city. At once visually ragged and artfully composed, and featuring rough, poetic narration performed by Lionel Stander, Blast of Silence is a stylish triumph.




 



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