February 28, 2018

Tudor City on Film: A PERFECT MURDER


This installment of Tudor City on Film focuses on A Perfect Murder, a 1998 thriller built around a deadly love triangle. The flicker features Gwyneth Paltrow as a two-timing wife, Michael Douglas as her cuckolded husband, and Viggo Mortensen as her scheming lover.

The picture's an updated remake of Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder, a story of blackmail, lost latch keys and precisely timed phone calls. The remake adds a pointy meat thermometer and a gorier ending to the mix. It's a hit at the box office, despite lukewarm notices: "More competent than pleasurable" (Entertainment Weekly), "A triumph of style over substance " (Washington Post), "Dial M for Muddle" (Toronto Globe).

The Tudor City sequence is brief, set in the 43rd St. cul-de-sac and Ralph Bunche Park.

On lunch break from her job at the U.N., Paltrow is planning to rendezvous with her lover, when her husband surprises her. He suggests they lunch together.
Meanwhile, her lover is waiting at the end of the 43rd St. cul-de-sac. . .

. . . when he spots her . . .

. . . getting into a black car with her husband at 43rd and First.


He does not like what he sees. His jaw muscles tighten, and the music swells. . .

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