Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Bad Seed (Mervyn LeRoy, 1956)

***
USA

Cinema’s first foray into the mind of a serial killer with pigtails. It’s prime, hearty schlock but Warner Bros. inexplicably gave it a high gloss treatment (Mervyn LeRoy and all) and even Ampass took the film seriously. (..Even Ampass?.. Of course Ampass.) There are about eleven monologues too many and roughly three quarters of the two-hour-plus running time is spent bastardising then-trendy psychoanalytic theories. (Of course, you could also say that about every Christopher Nolan movie.) (Zing.)

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