In cold blood, an ordinary news item has become a masterpiece


This film monument, directed by Richard Brooks, comes out in a DVD box set with a booklet. Chilling anecdotes guaranteed.

All that for that: 43 dollars and a radio set. The loot also included a pair of binoculars. One night in November 1959, two convicts killed all four of the Lutter family on their Kansas farm. This mundane news item became a masterpiece under Truman Capote’s pen in 1965. Three years later, Richard Brooks made a great film out of it. Impeccable black and white, disturbing music by Quincy Jones, filming on the scene of the drama, In cold blood ice the veins. Or how two poor thugs sink into a tragedy too big for them.

In the prison of one of them, a cellmate had told that a stocked safe was hiding in this peaceful house. We know the rest. They prowl around their destination. There is Dick, the more energized of the two. Perry is less confident. This little brunette with legs streaked with scars has tattoos on his arms and wants his life to be mirrored by The Sierra Madre Treasure. He scratches the strings

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