Night Moves (1975)

Night Moves (1975) movie poster

director Arthur Penn
viewed: 11/05/2016

A longtime fan of Arthur Penn’s Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and Little Big Man (1970), I don’t know why I’d never gotten around to seeing Night Moves.  Maybe it was that Bob Seger song that I’ve always hated so.

From a first run-through of the movie, I don’t know that I’ve got a great handle on it.  It certainly begs for further viewing.

Gene Hackman is great.  Isn’t Gene Hackman always great?  Maybe never better than here.

This is L.A. noir, a particular 1975 version of it, even if it hops a plane to Florida partway through.  After watching The Nice Guys (2016) just the night before, I was struck again how certain L.A. noirs have a way of playing nicely off of one another.

Here, Hackman is a P.I. on a handful of mysteries, the primary one being finding the missing daughter Delly (a 17 year old Melanie Griffith) of a bitter older woman.  Meanwhile, his wife has taken up with a lover, and his life is skidding askew.  The overwhelming sense from the film is one of transition and malaise.

It’s very interesting, well worth seeing, well worth seeing again.

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