Plunder Road

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Plunder Road

Hubert Cornfield
USA, 1957
72min, OmschwedU

Bild: Filmarchiv Austria

Plunder Road

Hubert Cornfield
USA, 1957
, 72min, OmschwedU

Mit: 
Gene Raymond
Jeanne Cooper
Wayne Morris
Steven Ritch
Nora Hayden
Elisha Cook Jr.
Stafford Repp
Drehbuch: 
Steven Ritch
Jack Charney
Kamera: 
Ernest Haller
Musik: 
Irving Gertz

Produktion: 
20th Century Fox
Format: 
35 mm
Schwarz/Weiß

Aufgewachsen in Paris, wo er sich mit Godard und Chabrol anfreundete, verlieh Hubert Cornfield seinen Low- Budget-Filmen in den 1950ern ein europäisch anmutendes Flair. In seinem Thriller PLUNDER ROAD vermeint man auch den Einfluss der Formalismen von Jean-Pierre Melville festzustellen – etwa bei der bemerkenswert langen Eröffnungssequenz, einem geschickt choreografierten Zugüberfall durch maskierte Banditen bei strömendem Regen. Kameramann Ernest Haller arbeitet für schwarzweißes Widescreen und kontrastiert dabei in ironischer Weise traditionelle Noir-Atmosphäre mit Americana-Popbildern.

Mit CRIME WAVE

 

Raised in Paris where he befriended Godard and Chabrol, Hubert Cornfield brought a stylized European flair to his low-budget films of the 1950s. With his taut heist thriller PLUNDER ROAD one can also detect a clear influence on the late sangfroid crime films of Jean-Pierre Melville, beginning with an incredible extended opening sequence, a deftly choreographed freight train robbery by silent masked bandits impervious to the torrential rain that lashes about them. Wasting no precious time, Cornfield’s band of world-weary robbers divides the loot into three Los Angeles bound getaway trucks, setting into motion a tense race against luck, each moment on the road fraught with danger. Rarely have routine traffic encounters been so loaded with the tension conveyed by the veteran actors assembled by Cornfield, featuring Thirties musical star Gene Raymond as the team’s suave mastermind and the ever-anxious Elisha Cook Jr. as their guilty conscious. Making brilliant use of the black-and-white widescreen, master DP Ernst Haller crisply delineates the action with noir abstraction while using bold Pop imagery of roadside Americana to ironically punctuate the perilous criminal journey. (Haden Guest)

With CRIME WAVE