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Private

USA 2022
produced by
Steve Blackwood, Michael David Kehoe, Joan Punt, Scott A. Smith for Blackwood Productions
directed by Steve Blackwood
starring Steve Blackwood, Sandy Bainum
written by Steve Blackwood, based on his play, music by Charlie Barnett

short

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Private eye Jim Calloway (Steve Blackwood) has been hired by chorus girl turned socialite Sally Danforth (Sandy Bainum) to find out what might have happened to her rich husband, who has one day disappeared from the face of the earth just like that - a case the police never managed to solve. And while Calloway didn't get anywhere with the case, just like the police, Mrs Danforth was happy to pay the agreed upon weekly rate anyways, which eventually made the detective wonder - just like the question of why would a rich socialite hire a second hand private detective with a predilection for alcohol, so at their last meeting prior to him giving up on the case he confronts her with his findings, that her husband was bumped off by a hitman who then burned his body in a crematiorium, where he picked up a trace leading directly back to Sally Danforth, who apparently only hired him because she wanted him to fail in the first place. First, she of course denies everything, then tries to blackmail Calloway, before finally telling the truth - and that truth is, there's more than one reason for a woman to have her rich husband killed, some better than others, and not all having to do with money ...

 

A very nice confined location two person drama that starts out with a pretty routine crime movie situation but soon veers off into what's essentially a moral discussion about the blurry lines between good and evil, about moral ambiguity and about the same story, i.e. murder seen from radically different points of view. All this is, very fittingly, packed into an old school film noir set-up, filmed like the noirs of old, and even the characters at the beginnings seem to be clichés before coming into their own, eventually even defying genre conventions. And Steve Blackwood and Sandy Bainum bring them to life rather nicely, making this a very impressive watch that manages to be a genre piece and genre transgression at the same time.

 

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