Cinema: Where Did All the Magic Go?

SORCERER

Directed by WILLIAM FRIEDKIN Screenplay by WALON GREEN

Sorcerer is a puzzling picture. It is adapted from the same Georges Arnaud thriller on which Henri-Georges Clouzot based his well-regarded 1953 film, The Wages of Fear (that's the one about trucking nitroglycerin over the mountains). The new movie is handsomely shot and crisply edited. Why, then, does one rather distantly respect it instead of just plain liking it? It is an odd, disappointing feeling to take away from a summertime movie.

It is possible that the trouble lies more with us than with...

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