Open Season (1974)

R   |    |  Action, Drama, Thriller

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Three young men take a young woman and a middleaged man to an isolated cabin, where they are terrorized in different ways.



  • William Holden in Open Season (1974)
  • Peter Fonda and Cornelia Sharpe in Open Season (1974)
  • Peter Fonda in Open Season (1974)
  • William Holden in Open Season (1974)
  • Cornelia Sharpe in Open Season (1974)
  • Peter Fonda in Open Season (1974)

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9 October 2002 | clauss
amazing editing and photography
This film is a revelation in terms of editing technique, the use of stills right in the middle of the action (this is 1974, a long time pre-John Woo)and several passages of pretty associative editing. The photography is stunning with spectacularly framed images. There is a very thought-out way of using sound, with a change of perspective (from clos up to a wide shot and vice versa) that is counteracted by the sound - a lot of close-up conversation takes place on wide shots. and finally, because some folks think this is boring - the way the topic of the movie - the use of humans as living targets - is introduced is pretty compelling - the audience is not given a clue, or a well-worded plan - we are kept just as informed as the victims, and when seeing the movie for the first time, stuff like putting the chain on the woman in the kitchen really comes as an awful surprise - yet Fonda delivers this as if it was routine as usual (which it obviously is for his character) - thrilling stuff. They did a lot of experimenting with editing and imaging in the 70s which should not be lost. this movie should be put on dvd!

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