Sunday, October 17, 2010

Winter Kills

19 years after the assassination of the president of the USA, his brother, Jeff Bridges, hears the confession of a man who claims he was the killer. Now Bridges has the rifle with fingerprints as proof, but the rifle disappears and soon everybody involved in the confession starts to die. The film is based on a book by Richard Condon, who also wrote The Manchurian Candidate. It is directed by William Richert and is also starring John Huston, Anthony Perkins, Eli Wallach and Sterling Hayden. And Toshiro Mifune! And Elisabeth Taylor?!

This is a STRANGE film, but it is beautifully shot. Cinematography is by Vilmos Zsigmond. I would love to see this film in a cinema. I hadn't even heard about this film until quite recently. Apparently it was finished in 75, but not released until 79. Basically it's a filmversion of all the JFK conspiracies. The president's name in the film is Keegan, though, not Kennedy, and thank god they don't try to do the accent. But it's an amazing film. Sometimes the editing is a bit jerky as if there are scenes that were never shot. John Huston is having a lot of fun in the Joe Kennedy role.

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