The Honeymoon Killers The Honeymoon Killers

The Honeymoon Killers

Leonard Kastle

 
The Honeymoon Killers (Criterion Blu-Ray)

29 Sep 2015

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United States
  • 1970
  • 107 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #200

Martha Beck (Shirley Stoler) is sullen, overweight, and lonely. Desperate for affection, she joins Aunt Carrie’s Friendship Club and strikes up a correspondence with Ray Fernandez (Tony Lo Bianco), a charismatic smooth talker who could be the man of her dreams—or a degenerate con artist. Based on a shocking true story and filmed in documentary-style black and white by the confident and inspired first-time filmmaker Leonard Kastle, The Honeymoon Killers is a stark portrayal of the desperate lengths to which a lonely heart will go to find true love.

Cast

Martha BeckShirley Stoler
Ray FernandezTony Lo Bianco
Janet FayMary Jane Higby
BunnyDoris Roberts
Delphine DowningKip McArdle
Myrtle YoungMarilyn Chris
Mrs. BeckDortha Duckworth
Evelyn VardenBarbara Cason
Doris AckerAnn Harris

Credits

DirectorLeonard Kastle
ScreenplayLeonard Kastle
ProducerWarren Steibel
Associate producerPaul Asselin
EditingStan Warnow and Richard Brophy
SoundFred Kamiel
Music selected from the works ofGustav Mahler

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview program featuring actors Tony Lo Bianco and Marilyn Chris and editor Stan Warnow
  • Interview with writer-director Leonard Kastle from 2003
  • “Dear Martha,” a new video essay by writer Scott Christianson, author of Condemned: Inside the Sing Sing Death House
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Gary Giddins

    New cover by Aesthetic Apparatus

Film Essays

The Honeymoon Killers

By Gary Giddins July 21, 2003

Rarely has schizophrenia been closer to the surface of American cinema than in the transitional period of 1969-71. Hollywood had just abandoned its censorship code after nearly thirty-five . . . Read more »

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Remembering Leonard Kastle

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Film Essays

The Honeymoon Killers

By Gary Giddins July 21, 2003

Rarely has schizophrenia been closer to the surface of American cinema than in the transitional period of 1969-71. Hollywood had just abandoned its censorship code after nearly thirty-five . . . Read more »