The Boys From Brazil | Chicago Reader

The Boys From Brazil

Franklin J. Shaffner's deadpan adaptation of Ira Levin's silly story about Hitler clones. The plot is less suspenseful than the overacting contest between the two leads, Laurence Olivier and Gregory Peck, who spend most of their screen time one-upping each other in affectations. As an example of detached mise-en-scene, though, the film has its interest: Shaffner's camera work is genuinely elegant. His style became more elegiac and Ophulsian as his subjects—with the conspicuous exception of Islands in the Stream—became more trivial (1978).

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