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The Boston Strangler

The Boston Strangler
  • 1968
  • US
  • 116 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Richard Fleischer
  • Cast: Tony Curtis, Henry Fonda, George Kennedy

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A city under attack by a serial killer-rapist.

A true story comes to kaleidoscopic life in a film that vividly captures the atmosphere of terror that pervaded Boston in the 1960s and the desperate attempts by the police to catch an elusive killer. Tony Curtis shatters his iconic pretty-boy image to give a brilliant performance as mentally disturbed handyman Albert DeSalvo, and Henry Fonda is his match as the cool and brainy police investigator. Fleischer’s use of split screen to ratchet up the suspense has never been equalled.

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4 Jun 2013

2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival screens film by undervalued American director

Not considered an auteur, like, say, Alfred Hitchcock, this great American director has been undervalued by critics and film historians. Like Robert Wise and John Huston, Fleischer was a versatile craftsman who was able to turn his eye to many kinds of…

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