Blood Simple | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Harry M. Geduld

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of Blood Simple.
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Critical Review by Harry M. Geduld

SOURCE: A review of Blood Simple, in The Humanist, Vol. 45, No. 4, July/August, 1985, p. 43.

In the following review, Geduld criticizes Blood Simple as lacking in creativity and unable to provide engaging characters.

This nasty little thriller (stylistically distinguished only by some clever uses of extreme closeups) provoked me into recalling the masterpieces of the genre, in particular Billy Wilder's 1944 adaptation of James M. Cain's Double Indemnity. Notwithstanding the work of Hitchcock, Wilder's film remains for me the outstanding movie example of what E. F. Bleiler has called "the inverted detective story," that narrative form in which the focus is on the criminal and on the motives and methods of his or her crime rather than on the detective. The most notable literary examples I know are Ira Levin's A Kiss...

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