Blast of Silence (1961)
as Frank Bono
as Big Ralph
as Troiano's Girl
as Nightclub singer
as Contact man
as Building Superintendent
as Lorrie's Boy Friend
as Troiano's Wife
Critic Reviews for Blast of Silence
This compact and forceful low-budget film noir ... compresses a week in a hit man's bitter life into a dazzlingly brisk yet richly nuanced seventy-seven minutes.
With its finger-popping jazz score and beat-inspired interior monologue (in second person, no less), this might seem comical if it weren't so rooted in existential dread.
You'd have to wait until The Killing of a Chinese Bookie for a deeper autopsy of the gangland macho ethos
The lost noir classic starts off a bit dubiously... but the increasingly sleazy, realistic atmosphere begins to take hold of you, until you're fairly well rapt.
Audience Reviews for Blast of Silence
A hired killer takes us for a stroll through Manhattan's wet pavement, along with his misanthropic thoughts, and especially directed feelings of utter disgust and hatred for his new target; like he was some kind of a grown up Holden Caulfield. The film, like everybody points out, lacks storytelling expertise. The voice over narration is unnecesary and takes away the emotional impact the images for themselves could have had. Perhaps this only inconvenience is what keeps it away from being a real contender when compared to others. But having stark realism and nihilism all over it, makes Allen Baron's obscure opera prima what film noir is all about, the complex character study of a man trapped on a hellish existence.
tough film to rate. some of the acting is poor and the voiceover is mostly annoying and unnecessary. also the 'music' in the jazz club scene is like comic relief. still i'm not sorry i watched it. it's nicely shot and kind of existential. worth seeing for fans of film noir and pulp
Even Criterion is lowering thier standards. The movie looks great and some of the sequences are cool, but overall I was bored. I kept thinking of this as a 60's version of one of those Goodfellas knockoffs starring Frank Vincent and the kid from A Bronx Tale (see Federal Hill, Amongst Friends). The entire cast is alughable, but it didn't bother me as much as the narration which was, at times, annoying. I just kept wishing for this guy to either kill his mark or kill himself.
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