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Little Murders (1972)

Posted by Ştefan Alexandrescu on September 28, 2011

Little Murders was conceived as an essay on what I perceived to be going on in America in the mid-1960s…’inspired,’ if you will, by the assassination of JFK and the shooting of Oswald a week later. The post-assassination climate of urban violence made me realize this country was in the process of having an unstated and unacknowledged nervous breakdown. All forms of authority which had been previously honored and respected, on every level of society, were slowly losing their validity.”—

Jules Feiffer

Written by Jules Feiffer based on his gritty, witty, sardonic play and directed by Alan Arkin, one of the best American actors ever, Little Murders is a satire in which the absurd takes over slowly. Easy to compare with Natural Born Killers, Se7en and Fight Club in topic, this is a psychological portrait of the American society half a century ago.

The story builds up from little awkwardnesses to a delirant scene which will shock you. It reminded me of Milgram’s experiments with people going beyond any barriers in mercy to the others and becoming criminals witheout even noticing the difference to a normal life. If you want to undersand how the victim becomes the persecutor, how normal people turn out to become criminals, how unthinkable things happen, this is one of the most brilliat pieces of “entertainment” you will find. An entertainment which will leave you thinking…

My rating: 7 / 10 (great film)


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