Blast of silence [videorecording] / a film by Allen Baron ; an Alfred Crown-Dan Enright production ; a Universal-International release
DVDs | Criterion Collection | 2008 | Director-approved special ed. ; [fullscreen version].
Available at Adult DVD-Feature Film (Call number: DVD B DRAMA) plus 1 more
[New York] : Criterion Collection, 
Director-approved special ed. ; [fullscreen version].
1 videodisc (77 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.
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DVD; Dolby Digital mono.
In English, with optional English (SDH) subtitles.
Allen Baron, Molly McCarthy, Larry Tucker, Peter H. Clune, Danny Meehan, Howard Mann, Charles Creasap, Bill Da Prado, Milda Memenas, Joe Bubbico, Ruth Kaner, Gil Rogers, Jerry Douglas, Don Saroyan, Dean Sheldon.
Narrator: Lionel Stander.
Producer, Merrill Brody ; screenplay,Allen Baron ; director, Allen Baron ; director of photography, Merrill Brody ; art director, Charles Rosen ; editor, Peggy Lawson ; music composer and conductor, Meyer Kupferman ; narration writer, Mel Davenport (Waldo Salt).
Originally released as a motion picture in 1961.
MPAA rating: Not rated.
Professional killer Frankie Bono returns after an apparent absence to Manhattan during the Christmas season to assassinate the gangster Troiano. Bono is a loner and intends to avoid any unnecessary human contact while planning the murder of his victim. Bono is recognized by an acquaintance from the orphanage he was raised in who invites him to a Christmas party. There he meets up with an old semi-girlfriend, Lorrie. His friend's happy marriage contrasts with Bono's solitary and haunted existence and Bono's hard exterior softens. Bono is emotionally conflicted with both his personal contacts and his professional duties and his choices have heavy consequences.
Special features: Requiem for a killer: the making of "Blast of silence"; rare on-set Polaroids; photos of locations in 2008; booklet featuring an essay by film critic Terrance Rafferty and a four-page graphic-novel adaptation of the film by acclaimed artist Sean Phillips.
MW, 11-08; 12-10(rpl); 11-11(rpl)
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