Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Behind the Scenes With My Favorite Actors: Lee Marvin in Point Blank

"I want my money. I want my $93,000."











5 comments:

dfordoom said...

Bonnie and Clyde might have attracted more attention from the critics but for me Point Blank was the most exciting Hollywood movie of 1967. A great film.

MGM were releasing some extremely interesting movies during the 60s. Not always big box-office hits, quite often in fact movies that the studio didn't really know what to do with, but still exceptionally interesting films.

J.D. said...

Lee Marvin is THE man. It just doesn't get much cooler than him... 'Cept maybe fer Steve McQueen. Love POINT BLANK altho, I think that THE KILLERS is still my fave film of Marvin's.

Ned Merrill said...

Oh, hell yeah!

dfordoom,

Agreed. I programmed a series of non-canonized American New Wave films and I included POINT BLANK as a sort of 1967 alternative to BONNIE AND CLYDE. Even though PB is directed by an Englishman, it is an American production and I think it should be thought of alongside BONNIE & CLYDE, THE GRADUATE, EASY RIDER, etc. It's just as revolutionary as BONNIE AND CLYDE not only for its violence, but all its stylistic touches--the non-linear editing, largely atonal soundtrack, garish production design. My favorite Lee Marvin and one of my favorites of the entire decade.

Matt said...

Possibly Boorman and Marvin's best. For some reason the fact passed by me until dfordoom mentioned it but 'Bonnie and Clyde' and 'Point Blank' were release the same month [August] in 1967.

dfordoom said...

Ned, I agree entirely. It's bizarre that this movie is so often overlooked.