THE BOSTON STRANGLER
1968, 20th Century Fox, 120 min, USA, Dir: Richard Fleischer

One of Richard Fleischer’s most uncompromising and startling films: Tony Curtis delivers an amazing performance (arguably his best) as Albert DeSalvo, the unstable blue-collar worker who terrorized Boston in the early 1960s. Henry Fonda is the head of detectives who doggedly tracks him down. The increasingly elliptical, stream-of-consciousness narrative, especially after the captured Curtis’ mental disintegration accelerates, was extremely daring for a major Hollywood studio film.


BECKET
1964, Paramount, 148 min, UK/USA, Dir: Peter Glenville

Peter O’Toole’s first turn as Henry II sees the king immersed in a complicated friendship with the Archbishop of Canterbury (Richard Burton). This exquisitely mounted historical drama earned a dozen Oscar nominations, including a win for Edward Anhalt’s adapted screenplay. With John Gielgud.


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