Still of the Night Reviews
Some psychobabble. But a nice little mystery. Pretty good villain.
?Still of the Night? was doomed from the start because its two leads, Scheider and Streep, are both miscast.
Scheider is persuasive in action films, where he plays someone who is not just a dumb killing machine, but someone actually capable of a thought or two; but as a psychiatrist, he is in way over his head.
Hitchcock?s leading ladies were always great beauties. Streep is a great actress, but she is not a great beauty. Watching her impersonate a Hitchcock beauty is embarrassing. I kept thinking,'She could open beer cans with that sharp nose'. I?ve never thought in any of her other films, because in Streep's other films I was paying more attention to her acting than her face.
The suspense should have come from the fact that the more Scheider is attracted to Steep, the more he suspects she is the killer. But there is no chemistry between Streep and Scheider. He never seems attracted to her. I assumed he was only pretending to be in love with her, in order to trap her. The ending therefore came as a surprise to me.
There were some great parts to this movie, including an eerie dream sequence involving Josef Sommer's character and scene where Scheider's character is trailing somebody in Central Park at Night. There is also some nice camera work by cinematographer Nestor Almendros. One thing I really liked was the use of sound in several of the scenes, exactly like Alfred Hitchcock would use in his movie.