MOVIE TITLE: THE BURGLAR
YEAR OF RELEASE: 1957
FILM SHOT IN: BLACK AND WHITE (you would receive the "WIDESCREEN" version)
RUNNING TIME: 90 MINUTES
PICTURE QUALITY RATING: = 9 out of 10 (EXCELLENT QUALITY)
DIRECTED BY: PAUL WENDKOS
STARRING: JAYNE MANSFIELD, DAN DURYEA, MARTHA VICKERS, PETER CAPELL, MICKEY SHAUGHNESSY
BRIEF PLOT SUMMARY: DAN DURYEA AND AND HIS WILD SET OF CRONIES ROB A FAKE SPIRITUALIST AND THEN THEN TAKE IT ON THE LAM TO ATLANTIC CITY.
COMMENTS: This film is arty, full of offbeat camera angles and strange lighting that sometimes makes people look startled, as if they're continually having their picture taken. It's a tawdry tale about little people with big problems, and it works. For all I know it could be a work of art. The story is mostly about a jewel robbery, but it's also about the strange, almost incestuous relationship between Dan and Jayne, which both does and doesn't have a whole lot to do with jewels. There is a very bad guy involved who comes across like a young Senator Joe McCarthy. There are scenes in an amusement park; and more scenes in an empty stadium. I'm not sure why. The films is dazzling and ambitious and pretentious, so much so that it's beyond mere film noir as such; it's more like art noir!!