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Fanfare for a Death Scene (1964)

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An American secret agent, on the trail of a vanished scientist, must recover the scientist's revolutionary secret formula before the enemy catches up with his quarry first.

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An American secret agent, on the trail of a vanished scientist, must recover the scientist's revolutionary secret formula before the enemy catches up with his quarry first.

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Surreal Thriller
1 August 2005 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

I can't remember too much of the plot of this movie except to say that it is, at least on the surface, a slick thriller, but stylistically it's so original and bizarre at times as to be riveting just for its visual flair, the compositions, the very sixties mood, which suggests that everyone is or could be unbalanced. Richard Egan makes a less than exciting hero but is in some ways good casting, as a more eccentric or individualistic actor might have tipped the movie into the realm of the totally bizarre, from which it might not have been able to escape. The eclectic cast includes Tina Louise, Ed Asner and Telly Savalas. Burgess Meredith is excellent as a very important character in the film, and while he's not on screen much he does get to play the trumpet and overall nicely suggests a man who has quite plainly and simply lost his marbles. Most of the credit for this offbeat and entertaining picture belongs to its director, Leslie Stevens, a gifted and sadly too often overlooked and underrated film-maker. He was probably slumming a bit when he made this one, but he gave it his best shot, which is very good indeed. The film is listed as having been made for television, though I wonder if it was first shown on the small screen due to its offbeat qualities, which might have made it difficult to sell in theaters. It's definitely worth watching if one likes movies made in an original and unconventional style.


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