Cinema: Faded Black


Directed by Don Siegel Screenplay by Bert Blessing and David Newman

Question: Is it possible to make a merry little comic romp out of what is essentially a lugubrious James M. Cain triangle: a wife and lover teaming up to murder the tedious husband who spoils their fun?

Mercifully short answer: No.

Unmercifully long answer: A movie appropriately entitled Jinxed.

Second question: Define vehicular homicide.

That is a crime committed by seasoned character actors who find themselves cast in movies crafted to set off the talents of stars who may be big shots in some other medium, but don't know the tricks of the movie trade....

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