RARA-AVIS: Lumet's _Before The Devil..._

From: jacquesdebierue ( jacquesdebierue@yahoo.com)
Date: 02 Jun 2008

I finally saw this on DVD. The movie has the feel of a masterpiece. It combines the very strong naturalistic acting that made so many late sixties and early seventies feels memorable with a strictly contemporary treatment of the themes and behaviors (in this case, family, greed, and a profoundly fucked up as well as confused society). This is the best noir film I have seen in a long time, something similar to what John Lau announced when the film had just come out. The digital cinematography adds a look that is definitely of this century. By the way, this is one of the nastiest films you're likely to see. Who would have known that veteran Lumet had another masterpiece in him?



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