Thursday, June 17, 2010

In Cold Blood, movie

In Cold Blood (1967)

Director: Richard Brooks

Actors: Robert Blake, Scott Wilson, John Forsythe, Paul Stewart, Gerald S. O'Loughlin

TCM was showing the movie In Cold Blood yesterday and I decided to watch it because: 1. I had never watched it before and 2. I recently reread the book.

On TCM Robert Osborne commented that Brooks purposefully chose to not cast big stars in the roles of Perry and Dick. Filmed in black and white, Brooks took an approach that was almost like a documentary. He did almost all of the filming on location in the places where the events depicted occurred, including the same Kansas house in which the Cutter family was murdered. I think this gave the movie authenticity and a real sense of place. Naturally, Truman Capote's brilliant book is the better of the two, but the movie certainly did a fine job covering this horrific true crime.


raidergirl3 said...

Now, you need to watch the movie Capote, based on Harper Lee and Truman Capote's trip to Kansas to research the book. Also tells the story of the killers. Excellent.

Lori L said...

You're right - I was thinking that earlier after I read Mockingbird: A Portrait of Harper Lee. I should have just made a whole Capote/Lee/In Cold Blood mini-challenge, LOL!