Sunday, November 6, 2016

Compulsion (1959) - classic drama from director Richard Fleischer, starring Orson Welles, Dean Stockwell and Bradford Dillman

Rating 7.5/10
Runtime: 103 min
Language: English
Country: USA
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
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Orson Welles ... Jonathan Wilk
Diane Varsi ... Ruth Evans
Dean Stockwell ... Judd Steiner
Bradford Dillman ... Arthur A. Straus
E.G. Marshall ... District Attorney Harold Horn
Martin Milner ... Sid Brooks
Richard Anderson ... Max Steiner
Robert F. Simon ... Police Lt. Johnson
Edward Binns ... Tom Daly
Robert Burton ... Charles Straus

Description: In 1924 Chicago, Artie Strauss and Judd Steiner are friends and fellow law students who both come from wealthy backgrounds. They have few true friends as they believe all their contemporaries are intellectually inferior. Within their relationship, Artie is the dominant and Judd the submissive who says he will do whatever Artie tells him. Although Judd acts intellectually arrogant to others, he also shows signs of weakness and reticence most evident to Artie. Part of their goal in life is to experience how it feels to do everything. As such, they plot to commit what they consider the perfect crime - a kidnapping and murder - not only so that they can experience the sense of killing for killing's sake, but also taunt the law with the knowledge of it and their superiority after the fact. They believe their crime is above the law. Their murder of young Paulie Kessler is not so perfect, with evidence at the scene uncovered by one of their law school colleagues, Sid Brooks, who also works for the Globe newspaper. As Artie and Judd try to manipulate their way out of how the evidence may implicate them, their manipulation ultimately backfires and they are charged with the murder. The most famed trial lawyer in town, Jonathan Wilk, is hired to defend the pair despite his atheism being against the families' sensibilities. Jonathan, renowned for his ability to manipulate juries, has to decide how best to defend his clients in the overwhelming face of evidence against them. The testimony of Ruth Evans, Sid's girlfriend, may have some impact on the trial's outcome.






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Extra material included:

* Presentation by Richard Fleischer (in English, with French hardcoded subtitles)
* "One Crime, Two Masters"- A comparison of Hitchcock's Rope and Fleischer's Compulsion (French & English, with French hardcoded subtitles for English parts)
* "Orson Welles, Actor'' with Marc Toullec (in French, without subtitles)
* "Noir according to Fleischer" (French & English, with French hardcoded subtitles for English parts)
* Meyer Levin's novel "Compulsion" (in French, without subtitles)
* Teaser and trailer

Video and audio information:

Video : 1.75 GB, 2432 Kbps, 23.976 fps, 1024x436 (2.35:1), V_MPEG4/ISO/AVC x264 core 142
Audio : 330 MB, 448 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 6 channels, 0x55 = AC3, CBR

Subtitles (English (hearing impaired) closed captions embedded in a movie, to play them choose Subtitle=>Sub Track in VLC Player and separate English, Spanish, French, Portuguese-Brazilian, Greek) posters and screenshots included