The Day of the Jackal

The Day of the Jackal ★★★★½

A childhood favorite--it's been in the back of my mind to rewatch this ever since I read of Steven Spielberg claiming its influence on MUNICH (so, obviously, for a while.) It clearly is that in the vintage and the locations, which are beautifully captured by Jewish European emigre Fred Zinnemann--I wonder how he felt about this extensive return tour of the Continent? Another possible influence--or at least point of comparison--is NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, in the procedural, show-the-scenes-other-movies-leave-out approach (which is maybe excessive--I don't know we needed to see Edward Fox buying the melon he uses for target practice.) But what's striking now--and didn't even occur to me as a kid--is how utterly action-free the proceedings are, far more than in the previously two cited Oscar contenders.

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