blastofsilence
An intriguing little oddity from the Criterion Collection that rarely seems to get talked about much. Shot low budget on the streets of New York at Christmas, it’s the story of a solitary hit man who comes to the Big Apple for a job, and was written, directed by and starred Allen Baron. The film uses a conversational narration throughout, which harks back to old hardboiled detective stories, but also gives it a kind of beatnik poetry vibe that may not have been intentional. Hardly a pillar of the film noir canon, this nevertheless made for a curious and engaging watch.

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