Ok. We're at a whole different level here. 'Underworld U.S.A.' belongs to the kind of movies that leave marks in a movie lover's memory. It's a movie you're happy to see again every ten years or so because it reminds you why you fell in love with cinema in the first place. It's the film which made me understand that a doll is not only a toy for girls. Masterpiece.
I find Fuller use of close ups in this film particularly interesting,and the "jolting" final sequence is a standout with the dolly(?)Following cliff robertson down the street is really engrossing but then the abrupt ending just left me kinda cold. perhaps it was the last bit of dialogue but even with its flaws,Fuller still comes through,as long as u know its Fuller then u sould know already what 2 expect-good AND bad
Perhaps Fuller's best film. Underworld U.S.A. is the typical gritty, ruthless picture that Fuller arguably did better than any of his contemporaries. And it looks incredible thanks to the cinematography from Hal Mohr. Fuller was an incredible figure in movie history, once again writing, directing and producing.
Hugely enjoyable crime thriller without the symbolic density of 'Shock Corridor' but with plenty to take away. Crisply photographed it moves relatively quickly from juvenile delinquency to deviously planned revenge. The tragic finale which 'returns' Tolly to where he belongs is properly stretched to capture the negativity of his mediation with Evil. Fuller's angelic gangster (R. Rust) is a modernist treat in itself.
Somptueux film "en boucle" dans la meilleure tradition des films noirs américains qui fait office de chef-d'oeuvre et de référence dans le genre, au même titre que "le port de la drogue" et "la maison de bambou" du même réalisateur ..... www.cinefiches.com
I'm slowly but surely starting to fall in love with Fuller. Sure, there are some flaws in this one as well, but the charismatic leads, a couple of slightly lurid scenes, and the grittiness weigh a lot more in my book.