Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 331: Mon Nov 26

Cape Fear (Thompson, 1962): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 6.20pm
This screens as part of the BFI's Uncut season and is also screening on Nov 21 at 8.45pm. Details here.

Time Out review:
'An irredeemable criminal exacts his revenge on the family of a lawyer who put him away. This supremely nasty thriller - originally severely cut by the British censor - boasts great credentials: a source in John D MacDonald's novel The Executioners, Mitchum as the sadistic villain (a bare-chested variant on his Night of the Hunter role), Peck as the epitome of threatened righteousness, seedy locations in the Southern bayous, and whooping music by Bernard Herrmann. If director Thompson isn't quite skilful enough to give the film its final touch of class (many of the shocks are just too planned), the relentlessness of the story and Mitchum's tangibly sordid presence guarantee the viewer's quivering attention.'

Here is the original trailer.

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