director Arthur Penn
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.