Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Two Great Movies
I'd always meant to watch Seance on Wet Afternoon and only came to it now. It's the story of a woman trying to make her way as a psychic and what lengths she goes to for success. A really creepy movie, slow-moving but worth the effort. Because the crime in it involved a child, it kept this viewer on the edge of her seat.
I also spent the whole movie wondering how this actress seemed so different in Planet of the Apes, before discovering this was Kim Stanley not Kim Hunter. Richard Attenborough, playing her husband and help meet in her endeavor, was outstanding too. Reminded me a bit of Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolfe.
Touchez Pas Au Grisbi (Keep Your Hands Off the Loot) was the tale of two gangsters, well past their prime, trying to retire after a big score. It was about friendship but quite brutal in its depiction of the 1954 Parisian crime scene. Tremendous atmosphere and Jeanne Moreau in a smallish part. Too bad the writer, Albert Simonin's crime novels were never translated. I have a feeling they'd be good. Anyone seen these?