Sabot L'ours (sabotlours) wrote,
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"The Plot Against Harry"

Netflix is a wonderful thing. My big complaint with video stores was that they always had a zillion copies of the latest blockbuster, but it was usually hard to find smaller, indie films. I remember one store had the gall to charge a premium price for foreign rentals since it probably took longer to recoup the price of the video. Netflix has a wonderful database of all sorts of films. In developing our queue I ran across a title that I had been looking for since the early 90's. The movie was called "The Plot Against Harry." I knew almost nothing about it except what I had seen a few times in trailers at an art theater in Portland.

The year was 1990. I was working just outside of Portland and would go down to the KOIN Cinemas on the weekends to catch art films. It was there I saw "Goodfellas" and "The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover" and a few others. The trailer for "...Harry" intrigued me. It was a black and white film with a definite 70's feel. It turned out that the movie WAS made in 1970 and was never released. It was re-discovered and re-released to art film houses. I never got a chance to see it. 16 years later and Netflix delivered it to my door.

Overall it was a pretty good film, but I'm so glad I finally had a chance to see it. The acting was great. The story was o.k. But it was the feel of the movie that made it stand out. I love late 60's/early 70's film noir style. I loved "Dr Strangelove," "The Manchurian Candidate," "Raging Bull," etc. It's perhaps why I enjoyed "Good Night and Good Luck" and "Sin City" so much. There's something wonderful about that black and white style.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend the film to people unless they were into this type of movie. It's a gangster movie without guns and violence. It's a comedy but more a tale of a man reaching the end of his career. There are great scenes of New York in the gritty days of the 70's. It just has a great retro feel to it.
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