Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Reign of Terror (1949)

Robespierrre, a powerful figure in the French revolution, is desperately looking for his black book, a death list of those marked for the guillotine.

Oddly mixing history drama with a (complicated) Noir crime plot the movie actually manages to create atmosphere and suspense.

Halliwell*: "Moderate period melodrama with an attractive though artificial look."

Maltin***: "Vivied costume drama...Moss is particularly good as the elegantly, eloquently evil Foucher. Stunningly photographed by John Alton; every shot is a painting!"

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