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Murder à la Mod (1968)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Mystery  -  1 May 1968 (USA)
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Naive young lady Karen wants to help her struggling amateur filmmaker boyfriend Christopher raise enough money so he can divorce his wife. Meanwhile, jolly psycho prankster Otto stalks the ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andra Akers ...
Tracy
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Otto
Margo Norton ...
Karen
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Chris
Ken Burrows ...
Wiley
Lorenzo Catlett ...
Policeman
Jack Harrell ...
Salesman
Laura Stevenson ...
Girl in Boutique
John Quinn ...
Mr. Fitzsimmons
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Soap Opera (voice)
Bob Scott ...
Soap Opera (voice)
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Soap Opera (voice)
Leanne Harrison ...
A Bird
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A Bird (as Jenifer Salt)
Laura Rubin ...
A Bird
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Naive young lady Karen wants to help her struggling amateur filmmaker boyfriend Christopher raise enough money so he can divorce his wife. Meanwhile, jolly psycho prankster Otto stalks the building where Christopher is shooting a low-grade adult movie in order to keep himself afloat. Written by Woodyanders

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A Lost Horror Film from Brian De Palma!


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Meurtre à la mode  »

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Although the film is copyrighted 1967, it wasn't released until 1968. See more »

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References Rashomon (1950) See more »

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Murder ala Mod
Performed by William Finley (as W.F. Finley)
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De Palma: Young and Fresh
11 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Naive young lady Karen wants to help her struggling amateur filmmaker boyfriend Christopher raise enough money so he can divorce his wife. Meanwhile, jolly psycho prankster Otto stalks the building where Christopher is shooting a low-grade adult movie in order to keep himself afloat.

What we have here is the world of exploitation, underground film presented by a young auteur working in the experimental art scene. I think it works. Granted, this is not a fully developed film, as it had no budget and little cast. But not unlike the early work of Polanski or Cronenberg, there is plenty of potential here.

The film was released in one cinema in New York City, quickly disappeared not long after, and was thought lost. Lucky for us, this was not the case. Although on its own it may be nothing special, it is a crucial piece in understanding De Palma's talent and vision.

We also get some music and screen time from William Finley (1940-2012), who would go on to work with De Palma many more times (and also with Tobe Hooper). His character alone makes this worth a peek.


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