Heterogendered Papin Sisters. The futile violent eruption of two individuals against the structural alienation of their environment and their failed attempts to reconcile with world by love and social climbing. In a society where everything is a commodity that can be bought and sold, alienation is ubiquitous. "Alienate" originates in transfer and in sale, thus in a totally commodified society alienation is complete.
Savage noir done with barebones production value that isn't distracting for a second! The desperation and manipulation of love is at the root of this movie and very few explore it more explicitly than this one. Passion, so much pasion on screen I could scream!
A haunting film about the disturbing things people will do to survive and thinking about using love as some drive in your life. Hard to watch and even harder to belive this really happened. The horrors of the frayed human mind. Amazing side notes being that Scorsese was fired from the picture and the eventual director- screenwriter would go on to direct only this film.
Tony Lo Bianco is superb as an oily, self-regarding latin lover. Right up there with the oiliest of them all - Pasqualino from SEVEN BEAUTIES. I'm not sure what it says about these two "men", but they both end up with Shirley.
this film is quite the roller coaster: the first half, it leads you slowly up the track and by the second half, you're flying down wondering where the time went. Kastle smartly plays out the suspense and Martha does her part incredibly well. the opening sequence is said to be done by Scorsese, who was on the team for 10 days. Kastle eloquently uses shadow and light in this film to his advantage. an underrated film