Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Flick Pick: Murder On The Orient Express

Murder On The Orient Express
(Paramount, 1974)

Brilliantly directed Agatha Christie story by maestro Sidney Lumet, with an all-star cast consisting of a Who's Who of film all-stars. Albert Finney is career-peak masterful as Hercule Poirot, the details are perfect, and the entire thing takes place inside a couple of railway cars. And the beauty of the entire movie is watching the deconstruction of the whodunit, only to arrive, for those unfamiliar with the story, at the hitherto unheard of solution that everybodydunnit. Hugely successful and critically acclaimed, it was nominated for six Academy Awards and won Best Supporting Actress for Ingrid Bergman, her phenomenal third Oscar, as much a career "thank you" for thirty years work since Casablanca as it was an award for yet another stellar performance in this film.

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