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Blast of Silence

Allen Baron

 
Blast of Silence (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

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  • United States
  • 1961
  • 77 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #428

Swift, brutal, and black-hearted, Allen Baron’s New York City noir Blast of Silence is a sensational surprise. This low-budget, carefully crafted portrait of a hit man on assignment in Manhattan during Christmastime follows its stripped-down narrative with mechanical precision, yet also with an eye and ear for the oddball idiosyncrasies of urban living and the imposing beauty of the city. At once visually ragged and artfully composed, and featuring rough, poetic narration performed by Lionel Stander, Blast of Silence is a stylish triumph.

Cast

Credits

DirectorAllen Baron
ProducerMerrill Brody
A production ofDan Enright and Alfred Crown
ScreenplayAllen Baron
Narration written byWaldo Salt
asMel Davenport
MusicMeyer Kupferman
CinematographyMerrill Brody
Camera operatorErich Kollmar
EditingPeggy Lawson

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • New, restored digital transfer
  • Requiem for a Killer: The Making of “Blast of Silence”
  • Rare on-set Polaroids
  • Locations revisited in 2008
  • Theatrical trailer
  • PLUS A booklet featuring an essay by film critic Terrence Rafferty and a four-page graphic-novel adaptation of the film by acclaimed artist Sean Phillips (Criminal, Sleeper, Marvel Zombies)

    New cover by Sean Phillips

Film Essays

Blast of Silence: Bad Trip

By Terrence Rafferty April 14, 2008

Allen Baron’s stark, moody Blast of Silence (1961) is a movie of many strange distinctions. It’s among the last of the true film noirs, those fatalistic black-and-white urban crime dramas that . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Blast of Silence: Bad Trip

By Terrence Rafferty April 14, 2008

Allen Baron’s stark, moody Blast of Silence (1961) is a movie of many strange distinctions. It’s among the last of the true film noirs, those fatalistic black-and-white urban crime dramas that . . . Read more »