Daniel Corleone's Movie Review of Frenzy

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Frenzy review
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 03/01/13

Fantastically scored and skilled camera direction coming from the legend. One of the early dark comedies of its time. Richard Blaney (Jon Finch) gets fired from his job and converses about it with ex-wife Brenda (Barbara Leigh-Hunt), who owns a matchmaking agency. Robert Rusk (Barry Foster) fancies Brenda. Colleague of Richard, Barbara "Babs" Milligan (Anna Massey), trusts him after the incident. The first 33 minutes was thrilling, as the pace was very continues. Ms. Barling, Brenda's secretary, witnesses Richard after a murder. Chief Inspector Oxford (Alec McCowen) investigates the murder. The build-up on the antagonist was impeccable. Screenplay was superb with lines: Richard - "I guess you can call them social misfits." Brenda - "I know life can be really unfair." Aside from the opening sequence, the long tracking shot after Barbs and Rusk enters their apartment was pure genius. There were a few comical moments especially from Inspector Oxford and his wife. Only minor faults this critic notices were the length and abrupt conclusion. A humane protagonist and a heinous villain built with suspense and fabulous direction. Because of his last effort Frenzy, bringing in classic suspense with touches of humor and horror, the legendary director will always be missed.

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