The Best Old Movies On a Big Screen This Week: NYC Repertory Cinema Picks, March 11-17

03/11/2015 9:44 AM |

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In Cold Blood (1967)
Directed by Richard Brooks
In this cynical adaptation of Truman Capote’s truish-crime classic, Robert Blake plays the “cold-blooded” killer, but his circulatory system is obviously ablaze. He’s an anguished aspirin junkie—tormented and tightly wound, moody and moist-eyed, so sympathetic that the death penalty finale is horrifying. Conrad Hall’s cinematography intensifies the mood—B&W rarely looked so good, before or since. The movie is a masterpiece of light, gorgeously textured as it captures the dusty backroads of Kansas or the shadowy rooms of on-the-lam Mexico. It culminates in a legendary shot of Robert Blake’s face, bathed in reflected raindrops streaming down from his eyes. It’s the ultimate fusion of acting and camerawork, each enhancing the other—the cinematic ideal in a single setup. Henry Stewart (Mar 13, 2pm, 5pm, 8pm, at BAM’s “Black & White ‘Scope: American Cinema”)