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Paint It Black (1989)

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A serial killer covers his victims in modeling clay, and a local sculptor is accused of the crimes.

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A serial killer covers his victims in modeling clay, and a local sculptor is accused of the crimes.

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Rick Rossovich is suspected of killing his art dealer, but there's a psycho loose
19 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Paint It Black" (1989) appears on a list of neo-noirs in Spicer's book. Indeed, it definitely is a noir in plot. It is a thriller-noir. It also has many references to Hitchcock's work as one reviewer has already noted in detail.

I was impressed by the acting of the two male leads and one of the female leads. Rick Rossovich plays a down-to-earth nice guy metal sculptor. He has a contract with a crooked art dealer (Sally Kirkland) who is not paying him the proceeds of his sales, but she's sleeping with him. She gets jealous when he's attracted to Julie Carmen, whose father (Martin Landau) just happens to be a big and much more honest art dealer. The other main male lead is a psychopathic art collector, a young man played by Doug Savant. He steals art and kills along the way sometimes. In shades of "Strangers on a Train", he murders Kirkland as a favor to Rossovich who brought him home after he was stabbed in an attempted art robbery. This leads to a number of complications for Rossovich who was in the Kirkland gallery the night of the murder.

Rossovich has appeared in several movies I've seen, but I can't remember his part. Next time through "The Terminator", I'll look for him. He's a big muscular guy and this movie makes a point of showing him from the waist up. Doug Savant has done a lot of TV work, so I wouldn't have seen him.

Sally Kirkland did a good job as the dealer for Rossovich. She came across clearly as wanting this younger man badly, but her part didn't really explain why she was cheating him so badly, unless we were supposed to believe that this was her way of keeping him under her thumb. The other female lead, Julie Carmen, had a badly written part to contend with that she could not overcome.

The picture overall transitions from noir to a rather long thriller kind of ending sequence. The initial story development runs long and rather loose. The ending part doesn't seem paced right. It gets to the point where everyone is going through their story paces, but it doesn't really gel or grip us as it should. This makes the movie below par, but it's not a bomb. As a noir fan, I'm glad to have run across it and seen it. As an objective movie critic, I can't say it's that good of a movie.


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