While the scenes of the show are transcendent, and the premise is interesting, I just didn’t connect with it. The running time is trim at under 95 min, and there’s plenty of plot, but I mostly ended up confused about who the characters were, and why that song was chosen for the funeral scene.
A fun romp through a meta- construction that has a go at our morbid voyeuristic tendencies as movie-goers, supporters of a ghost world of light and sound, and soul murderers like Harvey Weinstein. If only there had been more visual intelligence tying it together.
Georges Franju masterfully directs this thriller that moves between playfulness and great tension as potential heirs to a fortune start to be whittled down in numbers, all while still trying to find the corpse of their uncle (who hid himself away when he knew the end was upon him).
A comedy? A thriller? A drama? Social commentary? All of the above with a dive into a good familly pre-burial affairs when the playful uncle decides to hide himself to die in his Chevalier de Malte costume, dealying the actual inheritance by 5 years unless his body is found. Also stunning photographically, trying to be entertaining without being stupid and with a pretty good rythm. Excuse of a story for a great plot
The Arrow blu ray is exceptional and its transfer Criterion level. While this is no Eyes Without A Face, it is a decidedly French take on a Christie type murder mystery which I found to be beautifully done. Feels very much like And Then There Were None at times, and really the acting and pacing of the film is just right throughout. Extra star added for the beautiful Gaumont restoration used on the blu ray
A fun romp in the spirit of Agatha Christie mysteries. Loved the bombastic trumpet music over the shots of the castle. Loved the Disney-fication of the castle. Loved the (now antiquated) sound system (what happens if more than one person is in more than one room? What track do you play?) Wonder if the dying man should have been shown entering the closet. Perhaps more suspenseful if we don't know he's there?
This is my second Franju film and, man, I really LOVE this dude. Filmed directly after "Eyes without a Face", Franju works again in a tone of mystery and suspense. Adding to the flavor is the ambiance created by this castle-like manor that the entire family is gathered in. It's foreboding and ominous, full of secret doors, one-way mirrors and a checkered past. Reminds me of Hitchcock meets Agatha Christie. Fun stuff.
The story is borrowed from many films which preceded this one. We've all seen an example similar to it, at least in general plot, but not often so delectable as Pleins feux sur l'assasin. It contains a buoyancy amid the noirish shadows leading up a castle's hidden stairwells toward serviceable mystery, good kissing and lackadaisical murder. Georges Franju directed this casual plum. How can we resist a peek?