16 May 2017 | malcolmwebb321
Assassins in the Sun
At the time of release in 1961, this Compton Films entry, premiered at the Compton Cinema Club in Old Compton Street, Soho, London, was considered to be rather shocking and violent. However, The British Board of Film Censors passed it with an "X" certificate for over-16's only. Shown here in the UK as "Assassins in the Sun", and seen at the crumbling old Grand Theatre at Clapham Junction, then an Essoldo cinema,in November of that year. Bookings were naturally very patchy with few exhibitors prepared to take a risk with this oddity, which at the time was indeed quite unpleasant to watch, but strangely compelling in its tale of prisoner break-out from an island penal colony. Stark black-and-white photography adds an atmospheric feel, a point picked up on by The British Film Institute's Monthly Film Bulletin review which states " Brutish Brazilian blood-bath laced with German expressionism, numbing in its hysteria and tedium ". True in part, but certainly not boring.