In cold blood

United States, 1967

Film
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Truman Capote’s account of the slaughter of a Kansas farming family by two violent drifters has been transformed into a chilling and brutal examination of the nature of violence by director Richard Brooks. The almost paradaisical black and white cinemtography seduces the viewer who is then confronted by the horrific reality of psychotic murder. “In Cold Blood”, as does Capote in his novel, refuses easy moralising, simple sociological explanations and resists turning the material into melodrama or conforming to the dictates of the gangster genre. Edited with sharp precision, this film shocked American viewers on its release by revealing the sadism and ugliness underneath the frontier myth of rural America. Music by Quincy Jones. Starring Robert Blake.

Credits

producer/director

Richard Brooks

production company

Columbia Pictures

Language

English

Duration

02:09:00:00

Colour

Black and White

ACMI Identifier

39145

Audience classification

MA

Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Sadism in moving pictures

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Kansas

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers → Crime films

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers → Gangster films

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers → Suspense

Courtroom, Crime, Espionage & Thrillers → Thrillers

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Murderers

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Violent crimes

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Masochism

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Sadism

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Sadism in moving pictures

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - United States

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Masochism

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Sadism

Literature → Literature

Places → Kansas

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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