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The Night of the Following Day

The Night of the Following Day

Hubert Cornfield’s smoothly directed, moody kidnapping story is mysterious, engaging and well acted, but opts for an anti-thriller vibe with a curiously unsatisfying ending. Was this really the plan, or did the irksomely capricious Marlon Brando just not want to cooperate with the director? Brando is terrific anyway. The well-cast Rita Moreno, Richard Boone and Pamela Franklin are short-changed by directorial and editorial decisions that don’t give us enough of a purchase on the characters. The overcast weather on the French coast is a plus, but not the director’s choice of a downbeat, arty finish.

The Night of the Following Day

Blu-ray

Kl Studio Classics

1969 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 93 min. / Street Date May 25, 2021 / available through Kino Lorber / 24.95

Starring: Marlon Brando, Richard Boone, Rita Moreno, Pamela Franklin,

Jess Hahn, Gérard Buhr, Hugues Wanner, Jacques Marin, Al Lettieri.

Cinematography: Willy Kurant

Film Editor: Gordon Pilkington

Art Direction Jean Boulet

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