Cinema: The Piper's Price

There is a vital difference between black humor and antic violence. Dark comedy requires a point of view, plus a consistent thread of absurdity that allows the audience to suspend belief. Writer-Cartoonist Jules Feiffer does not lack a point of view, but in his first screenplay, Little Murders, the thread of absurdity snaps so often that the film becomes little more than a succession of insane horrors.

The film revolves around a middle-class family trapped in modern urban madness. No such setting would be complete these days without Elliott Gould. As Alfred, a photographer...

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