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Highly memorable, intelligent and suspenseful movie from one of French
movies' true geniuses, the formidably able Henri Verneuil. The plot is
an exact parallel of the JFK assassination, and takes place in a
non-descript, fictional country. The film, visually as well as
plot-wise, is razor-sharp. Shot with meticulous precision, it follows
Henry Volnay, the Procuror who takes on himself to unravel the coup. In
many ways, it's a very disturbing movie, not the least for the cold and
analytical precision of its comment on a so-called modern state's inner
workings. The atmosphere and characters are all utterly believable, and
Verneuil left nothing to chance in its tight plotting. On another
level, this relatively little-known movie just had a 15 years
head-start on Oliver Stone, who was acclaimed for the "JFK" movie, a
inferior film in many areas, the least of which not being
It's a masterpiece, any cinema lover should see it, preferably in its original French version with subs.
First time I saw this movie was in the eighties, but reviewed now
thriller is still actual. Some newer movies focus on similar topics, but
they do not match this french milestone.
A president - obviously JF Kennedy - gets shot in an open car during a public appearance. The resulting huge investigation finds the "Lee Harvey Oswald" figure of this movie guilty, but one member of the jury insists in further inquiry. He reveals some surprising evidence ...
Unlike Oliver Stone's JFK - a movie with the same plot - this one does not play with emotions, but concentrates in a exciting description of a conspiracy and how everything fits together, drawing a new picture of the assassination. Even a real psychological experiment is used for this explanation of the crime scene. Compared to JFK this movie is more reasonable, intelligent and thrilling. Parts of the plot can be found in a lot of newer movies, I had a kind of deja vu sometimes sitting in the cinema.
"I... comme Icare" is a "must see". Its unique and brilliant, and the music by Ennio Morricone is wonderful. This movie deserves a very good ranking, if it was a Hollywood production it would be famous for sure.
Henri Verneuil's film may be not so famous as Parallax View, 3 Days of the Condor or JFK but it is certainly not worse and sometimes even better than these classic representatives of the genre. Action takes place in fictional western state where fictional president has been killed. After several years of investigation, special government commission decides that president was killed by a lone gunman. But one man - prosecutor Volney, played by Yves Montand - thinks there's something more to be investigated and so the film starts. This movie doesn't deal with some exact theories, but it embraces the whole structure of relationship between government and society in today's world. Such film could be made only in the 1970-ies but it will never lose it's actuality. Furthermore, it's even a bit frightful how precise are it's oracles. 10 out of 10.
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I'm not tired to say this is one of the best political thrillers ever
made. The story takes place in a fictional state, but obviously it
deals with the murder of Kennedy. A truthful and honest district
attorney (played by Yves Montand) does not believe that the murder was
planned and executed by the single man Daslow (=Oswald) and though all
other officials want to close the case he continuous to investigate
with his team.
The screenplay is written tight and fast and holds the tension till the end. Just the part dealing with the Milgram experiment about authorities is (though not uninteresting) a bit out of place. The ending sequence - explaining who Icarus really is - partly shot in slow motion and intensified by a Morricone soundtrack is the most powerful sequence I have ever seen in a movie.
Henri Verneuil was one of France's top movie makers and this film is a prime example of that. It is based on the JFK assassination but takes place in a fictitious country ( not France or America ) and treats the whole affair in great detail. Although the language of the film is French, the décors are deliberately impersonal and not typical of any country or indeed typical of all countries (!! if you see what I mean ) Yves Montand is excellent as the investigator, I find this kind of role suits him well just as in Police Python 357 - a solitary man making tendious and throrough investigations The film is constructed in such a way that you never get bored even through the phsychological test sequence which is admittedly a little over long. The film has not been shown on French TV for some time and is not available on DVD here but I see Police Python 357 appears recently on DVD so I 'm sure that I comme Icare will surely follow suit.
Finally a thriller which omits the car chases, explosions and other eye
catching effects. The movie combines a simple plot (assasination of a french
president) with an excellent background. It takes a look behind mans
behavior with authorities, and explains why we would obey almost every order
(even murder) which would be given to us.
Furthermore it shows us how secret services can manipulate the run of history and how hardly they can be controlled. The best thing on this movie is, that there is no classic "Hollywood end" which can easily be predicted.
The first time I saw this film, I was in shock for days afterwards. Its painstaking and absorbing treatment of the subject holds the attention, helped by good acting and some really intriguing music. The ending, quite simply, had me gasping. First rate!
I saw this film for the very first time several years ago - and was hooked up in an instant. It is great and much better than J. F. K. cause you always have to think 'Can it happen to me? Can I become a murderer?' You cannot turn of the TV or your VCR without thinking about the plot and the end, which you should'nt miss under any circumstances.
this movie I saw some 10 years ago (maybe more), I took it in a rental and never found it to buy even in French sites. The end is very surprising and intelligent. I would like very much to watch it again because I think it's as surpring as the Sixth Sense althogh a completely different kind of movie.
In every aspect a true classic. Brilliant script, good camera work plus
the outraging performance of the french actors. I see no necessity
whatsoever to draw a comparison to "JFK" as it was produced 22 years
earlier and forms part of a completely different movie genre.
Especially enjoyable is also the music in the picture which was
surprisingly written by Ennio Morricone and is as usual a delightful
Interesting: Watching the credits at the end, it can be observed that the final shot has the form of an I.
"I as In Icarus".
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