Joins the 'would be so much better without the bit at the end' club of Last Tango in Paris and Jeanne Dielman. Almost brilliant.
I've seen this film countless times, usually on TV late at night.
One of strengths of this film are the scenes showing New York at its most glorious and dangerously decrepit - a place where rape and murder is around every corner. There is indeed a whole sub-genre of these 'if you walk in central park after dark, you WILL be mugged, raped, or murdered' New York films. These films of course were mirroring genuine fears of the time, New…