The Brothers Rico ★★★★½

Karlson uses space the way Ulmer uses it, but gives it the political edge where Ulmer went for surrealism (the presence of Dalton Trumbo on the script confirms my suspicion of the film's paranoia). Also, I think I've only seen Richard Conte as the villain in The Big Combo, but the man has extraordinary depth. Probably overrating this slightly, because the ending is such a letdown, but everything leading up to it is wondrous, from the dynamic between Conte and his wife (Dianne Foster wtfiu?) to the various visits across the United States that give this an encompassing feeling of the American experience and the fears of the past. Makes me really excited to check out more Karlson—didn't hurt that the print Anthology showed was nearly perfect, barely a scratch on it.

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