This is our eighth podcast on Arturo Ripstein films. Increased exposure has only increased our appreciation; and Deep Crimson seems the best of the films we’ve seen. Based on a true story that was then made into a film by Leonard Kastle in 1970 — The Honeymoon Killers — Deep Crimson has a very particular tone, black and funny, encased in the structures of feelings of 1940s popular romances, and edging them towards the savage and brutal as the film unfurls. It’s an extraordinary work. Why it’s so funny and so disturbing is the subject of the podcast.
The podcast can also be listened to on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/show/2zWZ7Egdy6xPCwHPHlOOaT
The film’s opening, a woman enmeshed in romance.
A visit to Hold Back the Dawn, with Boyer and Olivia de Havilland
A wedding in a cemetery
Precise and telling compositions
Our previous podcasts on Arturo Ripstein films may be accessed here: