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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
77 minutes of respite. A low budget masterpiece. Narrated by the blacklisted Lionel Stander/Waldo Salt in the rarely used 2nd Person Narrative. Most amazing scene is where Frank Bono is staring down into a Catholic school playground and the children are exiting the yard in the shape of a Swastika!?!