Cinema: Outside Society

DIRTY HARRY

Directed by DON SIEGEL Screenplay by HARRY JULIAN FINK, R.M. FINK and DEAN RIESNER

This is a real police movie. Where The French Connection was fundamentally a chase film, with lots of jolts and a good eye for police procedure, Dirty Harry is a genre piece: it has a fine feeling not only for the danger of a cop's life but also for the monotony and frustrations. It is the best film about cops since Madigan, which, by no coincidence, was also directed by Don Siegel.

Siegel is a film maker who works...

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