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Robert Aldrich United States, 1955

Jason's rating of the film The Big Knife

Released the same year as his brute immortal apocalyptic noir masterpiece KISS ME DEADLY, Robert Aldrich's shot-in-sixteen-days independent adaptation of Clifford Odets' THE BIG KNIFE is another brawny, visually declamatory explosive device, this time freewheeling in a kind of crazed baroque Elizabethan mania. Wild, wild times. I often watch Rod Steiger and think: this man is a genius and a colossal idiot.