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Title:   The Day of the Jackal
Director:   Fred Zinnemann
Year:   1973
Genre:   Political Suspense
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   11.10.07

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Date Viewed Venue Note
11.10.07DVRThis Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2007
OK so it's not the same Jackal but still! close enough!

I stayed away from this movie for the longest time because I was so bored by the 90s remake with Bruce Willis and Richard Gere but it turns out I should've seen it much sooner. Despite its length, I thought this was pretty damn good. I loved how huge it was and how Zinneman wasn't afraid to bring in new characters just for one scene or to go wherever he needed to go in order to tell the story. Plus I love the main investigator guy although I only remember him from Munich.

I actually thought a lot about The Boston Strangler while watching due to the way that every lead is systematically followed step-by-step and how much grunt work was involved in the days before computers and databases. I really liked the documentary aspect of the film and how it casually switches from talky procedural scenes to silent Hitchcockian tense stuff. Liked it a lot. Even if all the Frenchman did have English accents.

We're well over the hump now. It's time to settle into a nice dark noir before our final double feature of the fest. This next one is, again, something I haven't seen before but something that looks pretty great.
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