Cinema: Cine-criminology

Enough Rope. In a proper French suspense thriller, the question is less likely to be whodunit than who'll-be-undone-by-it. Here, nearly every member of a fine, worried cast is slowly undone when Veteran Director Claude Autant-Lara (Devil in the Flesh) begins to philosophize on film about the complex, overlapping nature of guilt. Putting the squeeze on a crafty plot from a novel by Patricia Highsmith (Strangers on a Train), Autant-Lara seemingly distills a number of small, disturbing revelations and holds each one up to the light, testing for color, clarity and body. The results are heady vin de table, if not...

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