|Title:||Riot in Cell Block 11|
|12.28.21||Blu-ray||This Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2021|
Second movie of the day: Stack 2, roll 4: Spine #704.
After 4 Matrix movies in a row followed by a three hour plus French surreal comedy, this 80-minute 1950s prison movie by Don Siegel is like a breath of fresh air. Escape from Alcatraz is a near perfect movie in my opinion and it's been quite a while since I've seen a film noir (I went through a major phase just prior to starting this journal) so I'm totally psyched.
This starts out with a total newsreel style intro complete with an interview bit with prison commissioner Robert McGee (who's thanked in the titles, presumably for access to shoot in Folsom). What follows is 75 minutes of lean tough filmmaking. It's not showy but feels extremely authentic for its time, and carries the bleak social commentary shared by many similar films (particular some Fox noirs).
It flew by, and I liked it pretty well. I could watch 4 more just like it, but let's see what I roll next.