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  1. Blumes's rating of the film Blast of Silence

    Very fun voiceover, tightly shot, love the holiday setting.

  2. Ethan's rating of the film Blast of Silence

    This is a chilling and gritty portrait of a professional killer with a voice over that almost feels like it's cheering the main character on like a devil on his shoulder.

  3. Chris's rating of the film Blast of Silence

    a hitman with an existential crisis... interesting concept, unfortunately not executed as well as it could've been

  4. Aardsy's rating of the film Blast of Silence

    If only we knew what the hit man was thinking...

  5. Bilouaustria's rating of the film Blast of Silence

    Allen Baron succeeds in creating an atmosphere. Maybe it´s this music, or maybe it´s New York, this nostalgic New York feeling. But in France in the 1960s, Melville or Bresson (and of course Duras) would have made the film without the voice over. To make it dryer, to fill it with silences and habits of the killer. Still it is worth better than the B mention. Beautiful last sequence.

  6. José Neves's rating of the film Blast of Silence

    Although deeply inscribed in the ways of American independent B movies, being an accurate portrayal of New York in the 60s, this movie reminds me the existentialist formality of some of the most extraordinary examples of Japanese New Wave thrillers, such as the ones by Shinoda, Gosha or Teshigahara. The omniscient demiurgical narrator is also, in this case, a different character that by the sound becomes indelible.

  7. Illusion Travels By Streetcar's rating of the film Blast of Silence

    "It's still the same thing: dissatisfaction with what is supposed to be The American Dream." http://illusionpodcast.blogspot.com/2014/05/episode-15.html

  8. Worm's rating of the film Blast of Silence

    I kind of wish those long scenes of him walking were a little more inspired, but this was a great noir with some 60's edge to it.

  9. holly's rating of the film Blast of Silence

  10. Robert W Peabody III's rating of the film Blast of Silence

    Blast of Silence (1961) DIR Allen Baron SCR Allen Baron 77 Min Like a really bad hunting trip, where the lonely hunter has a pervasive conviction that things wont turn out as planned. 11/10

  11. andre's rating of the film Blast of Silence

    perfect film for my xmas this year. relate to a killer feeling like one of the walking dead, unable to cross the boundary to the living, to socialization. even split over whether he wants to or not. xmas acts as contrasting influence, as well as rhyming killer Bono's existential drone with the sleepwalk of the "suckers." Baron seems like a genetic hybrid of deniro and george c. scott

  12. hastapura's rating of the film Blast of Silence

    The final shots are an atmospheric miracle; the primally shitty snow/rain combo, icy wind whipping, and a dude getting shot to death in the mud for having the barest twinge of conscience. The end.

  13. Shelley's rating of the film Blast of Silence

    A dark, poetic telling of a hit man. I really enjoy that there is mostly voice over, rather than dialogue, in this film. The black and white is beautiful, and the cinematography is fantastic. While this film is very dark, it's still a poignant story of a man who can only be alone. Highly recommended for any noir fan, as this is a short amazing noir.

  14. Sudipto Basu's rating of the film Blast of Silence

    Somewhere in the top of lone hitman genealogical chart.

  15. biganeh's rating of the film Blast of Silence

    You don't have to know a man to live with him. But you have to know a man like a brother to kill him.

  16. gaffordKINO's rating of the film Blast of Silence

    The opening narration sucks you in, and you're immediately on the Blast of Silence train, taking a ride into the life and mind of Frankie Bono. The winter air of New York is as cold and unforgiving as the life of a hitman. A cool gem of early low-budget, American filmmaking.

  17. Graveyard Poet's rating of the film Blast of Silence

    One of the greatest independent films--set the stage for the new age of film noir and gangster films and heavily influenced Martin Scorsese (as can be seen in Mean Streets). Perfect movie to watch during the Christmas season when you're in a lonely place.

  18. Christopher M. Jones's rating of the film Blast of Silence

    Where's all the praise for this coming from? I thought it was really hammy and cliched, personally, and while there were some interesting things about Frankie none of them got enough screen time to really amount to much. It all felt very by-the-numbers.

  19. mjgildea's rating of the film Blast of Silence

    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. One of my favorite Christmas movies and a shame that Baron never made another movie.

  20. Dally's rating of the film Blast of Silence

    This may be one of my favorite examples of voiceover narration. Also, a sad and fascinating glimpse into New York City streetscapes on the brink of urban decay.

  21. Jazzaloha's rating of the film Blast of Silence

    An American made film noir with European sensibility--the existential theme, rather than a entertaining narrative, is at the heart of the film. A film noir equivalent of *Carnival of Souls*. Given the low-budget and the lack of name filmmakers, these films are small miracles and that's one of the big reasons they warrant the criterion treatment.

  22. Zack McDaniel's rating of the film Blast of Silence

    definitly one of the most well crafted film noirs, and easily my favorite films of all time.

  23. boycrumb's rating of the film Blast of Silence

    fucking great, with eerie character development if you ask me.

  24. Christopher R. Smith's rating of the film Blast of Silence

    Offbeat B-movie film noir plays more like a European art film than a Hollywood crime drama, especially with its nihilistic ending. Strong performances and authentic, gritty big city atmosphere - though the atmosphere was somewhat more compelling than the actual plot. Very effective jazz score.

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