Perhaps one of my favorite movies, Little Murders is an underrated black comedy directed by Alan Arkin based on a play by Jules Fieffer. Starring Elliot Gould as a nihilist photographer and Marcia Rodd as his newfound love, Little Murders portrays a dystopic world which you have never seen before. The streets are crammed full of snipers on every rooftop, windows are barricaded with iron and brownouts frequently occur. The most unique aspect of the film is its refusal to wink at and nudge the viewer, there is no irony.
"Little Murders was conceived as an essay on what I perceived to be going on in America in the mid-1960s…'inspired,' if you will, by the assassination of JFK and the shooting of Oswald a week later. The post-assassination climate of urban violence made me realize this country was in the process of having an unstated and unacknowledged nervous breakdown. All forms of authority which had been previously honored and respected, on every level of society, were slowly losing their validity." —Jules Feiffer
The film is essentially composed of a series of brillliantly crazed monologues. Here is Donald Sutherland as the Minister.
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Little Murders has recently been rereleased on DVD