Magazine article Filmmaker

Filmmaker's Look at the Season's DVD Releases

Magazine article Filmmaker

Filmmaker's Look at the Season's DVD Releases

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BLUE CAPRICE SUNDANCE SELECTS - JANUARY 14 The title character in Alexandre Moors' stunning debut Blue Caprice was, like so many of that make and model, a police car. That is until it was retrofitted for terror by John Allen Muhammad, who drilled a hole in the trunk from which the 17-year-old John Lee Malvo, at the ex-U.S. Army marksman Muhammad's urging, shot 10 people to death during the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks. Brought to terrifying life by the remarkable Isaiah Washington as Muhammad and Tequan Richmond (TV's Everybody Hates Chris) as Malvo, Caprice's menacing, built-for-maximum-glide vibe, all stark blues, vibrant, rain-soaked greens and gun-metal grays, provide an apt visual metaphor for the storm brewing in Muhammad's mind. - Brandon Harris

RIFIFI CRITERION COLLECTION - JANUARY 14 Most famed for its wordless half-hour heist set piece, Jules Dassin's Rafifi is a key transatlantic link between The Asphalt Jungle and the masculine French noirs soon to come from Jean-Pierre Melville (Le Samouraï, Le Cercle Rouge). Appropriately, Melville was originally set to direct but gave the blacklisted Dassin his approval to make his first French production. An outsider looking in, Dassin brings the same sure eye for drab location shooting as in his American peaks Thieves' Highway and The Naked City, naturalistically grounding a potentially overwrought scenario while codifying the combination of masculine code of ethics, virtuoso robberies conducted in focused silence and everything-must-go-wrong exhaustion mandatory for many weary, late-night noirs to come. …

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