SPOTLIGHT ON A MURDERER

SPOTLIGHT ON A MURDERER REVIEWED

“Spotlight on a Murderer” initially got a pass from me because the director helmed “Judex”. Then, I watched the film. While the first half feels like “10 Little Indians”, the film thankfully picks up. The film changes by playing upon modern technology and the insecurities of grieving relatives. People start killing themselves, as they believe their departed Patriarch has returned from the grave. But, early 60s French Scooby Doo has a few more twists.

Swing past the forced mythology of the 13th century Lord and Knight eskimo-brothering a shared woman to find the meat of the story. Awful rich people love to conspire to murder each other for financial windfalls. Jean-Louis Trintignant shows up in an early role as one of the greedy relatives. It’s fun to spot, but the movie flies by so quickly that you should enjoy the ride. I love it when Arrow can introduce a movie to me.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Vintage production featurette from 1960, shot on location and including interviews with Georges Franju and actors Pascale Audret, Pierre Brasseur, Marianne Koch, Dany Saval and Jean-Louis Trintignant
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain
  • FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Chris Fujiwara

A/V STATS

  • 1080p transfer
  • 1.0 LPCM MONO

RELEASE DATE: 5/30/17

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