Saturday, November 26, 2016

Targets (Peter Bogdanovick, 1967)

A curious film, that doesn't so much seem to concern two intersecting plots as two intersecting films. Clearly this is the idea but I'm not sure it quite comes off. The intertextuality is unrelenting; the opening - after what seems like a fake film-within-a-film but is actually an excerpt from Roger Corman's The Terror - is a riff on Le M├ępris, and we go from there: besides the casting (Karloff and Bogdanovich effectively as themselves), Antonioni, Preminger and Hawks crop up - and those are only the explicit citations. There is plenty to enjoy, though, and Karloff in particular is terrific.

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