An excellent accompaniment piece to Anatomy of a Murder. Both deal with American crime and justice with a objective factual eye, but In Cold Blood elevates itself to becoming a meditation on an entire nation. With some beautiful high contrast shots America becomes a strangely dystopian world, inhabited by two crooks indebted and plagued by their motherland. A fascinating character and country study.
Not engaged by this films first quarter but slowly drawn in and by the final third found it compelling. The title is of course ambiguous referring to murders committed by the individuals and the state which the film doesn't really tackle. Great performances though and direction. 3.5.
As Mubi says: Blake's performance, the cinematography... A big shout out has to go to the editing too, which is great. I found some of the music portentous and the family a bit saccharine, but the ambiguity of the killers' relationship with each other saved the film from being trite and moralistic. This is too obvious, but it would make a lovely double bill with Capote.
Superbly crafted and balanced film, an arresting, atmospheric, often brutal pursuit across American locales. The cinematography is stunning, with the high-contrast resolution and lighting making every frame as deeply captivating as a document of 60's Americana in its own right. Add to that Quincy Jones' evocative, timeless score and you have an impeccably shot, arresting and haunting piece of cinema.
Terrific psychological portraiture. The sequential hanging scenes at the end (oops, spoiler!) are some of the most revealingly human portraits I've seen, articulating that central question - how we face death. And the senselessness of the crime committed. Voluptuous pacing, great cinematography. Makes me want to read the book.
Some of the shots in this film seemed ahead of their time,..and the language, for 1967..many disturbing scenes, but then, these men are disturbed..this film really shows that crime don't necessarily pay, not even the minimum wage. And the reveal of what really happened placed near the end of the film, a really powerful touch. And Mr Jones's music, all makes for a superb film...
Patchy as it is, crippled by a terrible sound mix, this film still cuts through like a knife through butter. What a dark, majestic piece! Brooks and Capote portray the tragedy of murder from both sides: that of the killers and the victims, like very few other films before or since: "Does He (the executioner) have a name?" "Yes, We The People". ----- "I would like to apologize...but...to who?"