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. —The Criterion Collection
Allen Baron (born in 1927, Brooklyn, New York, USA) is an American actor, film and television director. He is mostly known for writing and directing in 1961 the film noir Blast of Silence, where he also plays the lead role. He went on to direct four other feature films and hundreds of television episodes such as Charlie’s Angels, The Dukes of Hazzard, Kolchak and Cagney & Lacey. —Wikipedia
After enjoying but not being thoroughly impressed with Blast of Silence initially, subsequent viewings did a hell of a lot more for me. It was like Sin City's neurotic, blue-collar deadbeat dad. A fast, nasty and quick watch that really impresses, especially when you stop & realize its 50 years old.
Blast of Silence starts out in utero with director and lead Allen Baron cleverly positioning the camera in a dark rail tunnel, speeding toward a tiny speck of light that grows larger, to the… read review
It’s appropriate that Barron’s Blast of Silence has often been compared to Shadows by John Cassavettes. Both films are examples of great, low-budget independent films shot in New York. Stylistically… read review
A hired killer takes us for a stroll through Manhattan’s wet pavement, along with his misanthropic thoughts, and especially directed feelings of utter disgust and hatred for his new target; like he… read review