Experiment in Terror

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Time Out says

After seven lightish comedies and dramas, and directly following Breakfast at Tiffany's, Edwards launched himself in a new direction with this thriller: an experiment for him (although he had trodden thick-ear territory with his TV series, such as the legendary Peter Gunn) and also for the genre. Years before John Carpenter and other movie brats began to play with audience expectations and memories, Edwards constructed his film - about an asthmatic psycho pursuing Lee Remick - around precisely similar attitudes. Gone was the whodunit mystery formula; gone the need for psychological explanations; in their place, an exercise in steely style, with the audience split between its concern for the victim and its fascination with the psycho's activities. After Carpenter and De Palma, it may seem a little dated; yet Edwards' classical feel for pure cinema remains unalloyed.
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Release details

UK release:

1962

Duration:

122 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Blake Edwards

Cast:

Ross Martin, Ned Glass, Roy Poole, Stefanie Powers, Lee Remick, Glenn Ford, Clifton James

Music:

Henry Mancini

Art Director:

Robert Peterson

Editor:

Patrick McCormack

Cinematography:

Philip H Lathrop

Screenwriter:

The Gordons

Producer:

Blake Edwards

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