The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
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Director Robert Wise has drawn fine performances from his players. It is the most sustained acting Belafonte has done. Ryan makes the flesh crawl as the fanatical bigot.
A taut, downbeat, New York-shot bank heist thriller.
Ambitious but mainly unsuccessful.
The genius of the film is that its Greek tragedy is rooted in the here and now of a racially divided 1950s America.
Here's a nifty slice of noir that not only was filmed in black-and-white but also focuses on black and white.
A powerful film noir that underscores socially conscious issues.
Solid crime caper is a little heavy on the symbolism but is well acted and tightly directed with an intriguing and apt music score. Gloria Grahame, who looks pretty rough, is wasted in a small meaningless part.
Good stuff. It's been quite a few years since the last time I saw a Harry Belafonte film, I had forgotten just what a tremendous actor he really is (was). This is a noir classic that will hold your attention wire to wire.
Note: Did the ending remind anyone else of White Heat? ("Top of the world, Ma!")
One of the last great noir films. Robert Wise's direction is superb as are all the performances. You feel bad for everyone (well, except maybe Robert Ryan) and the climax (As well as most of the movie) is almost heartbreaking even if it's completely expected.
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