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A Look in the Dark (2003)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Short | Video 5 August 2003
A behind-the-scenes look at 1967's "Wait Until Dark," featuring interviews with actor Alan Arkin, and the film's producer Mel Ferrer.
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A behind-the-scenes look at 1967's "Wait Until Dark," featuring interviews with actor Alan Arkin, and the film's producer Mel Ferrer.

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Solid and informative, but it leaves fans of the film wanting more
7 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

This ten minute piece mainly consists of Alan Arkin and Mel Ferrer reminiscing on the production of the 1967 horror-thriller, Wait Until Dark. Despite the complaints of the previous review, the entire piece is not all about praising Hepburn's performance (which I actually find to be one of her most effective from both a technical and character standpoint, but I digress). A good part of it is dedicated to Arkin's performance as the drug-addled psychopath villain: how the savagery of the performance baffled critics and audiences, his approach to the role, and his experiences working with both Hepburn and Jack Weston. Time is also dedicated to Jack Warner's reaction to the film, why Ferrer pushed Hepburn to take up the project, and why the film's scares still hold up even in our age of blood and gore.

That being said, the piece leaves you hungry for more information. As a big fan of this film, I would have loved something a bit longer. I do understand Hepbrun, Terence Young, Jack Weston, Charles Lang, and Henry Mancini were all passed on by the time this interview was made (I do think Richard Crenna and Efrem Zimbalist Jr. were still alive though), but I would love to know more about the making-of the film outside of Hepburn's preparation for the role. It's surprisingly hard to find much information about this particular movie's production. The 2017 bluray release looks great, but this featurette is ported over from the older DVD edition. An audio commentary would have been nice, maybe get a film historian, but for now, this video is serviceable.


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