Modesty Blaise

Modesty Blaise

Director: Joseph Losey Cast: Monica Vitti, Terence Stamp, Dirk Bogarde

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Overview

A popular British comic strip series served as inspiration for this light-hearted espionage adventure, which if nothing else certainly shows the marks of its origins in the mid-1960s. A large departure for director Joseph Losey, better known for brooding interpretations of Harold Pinter works (The Servant, Accident), the film is emphatically bright and colorful, taking on at times a nearly psychedelic feel. The strangeness is emphasized by the unusual casting, including Italian star Monica Vitti in her first English-speaking role as the title character and Dirk Bogarde, playing against type as her arch-nemesis. Essentially everything is played for its camp value, including the rather convoluted, James Bond-like plot, which concerns the hijacking of a shipment of diamonds heading for the Middle East. Like its mod-era sets and costumes, this unusual, inconsistent effort is certainly intriguing and attractive, but might seem rather dated to some.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/23/2016
UPC: 0738329206109
Original Release: 1966
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:59:00
Sales rank: 38,108

Special Features

Interview with first assistant director Gavrik Losey; Interviews with screnwriter Evan Jones and assistant art director Norman Dorme; Audio commentary by film historian David Del Valle and filmmaker Armand Mastroianni; Animated image gallery; Trailer gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Monica Vitti Modesty Blaise
Terence Stamp Willie Garvin
Dirk Bogarde Gabriel
Harry Andrews Sir Gerald Tarrant
Mikey Craig Paul Hagan
Scilla Gabel Melina
Alexander Knox Minister
Clive Revill Sheik Abu Tahir,McWhirter
Rossella Falk Mrs. Fothergill
Joe Melia Crevier
Lex Schoorel Walter
Sylvain Pacco
Jon Bluming Hans
Roberto Bisacco Enrico
Saro Urzi Basilio
Tina Aumont Nicole
George Fisher Actor
Wolfgang Hillinger Handsome
Robin Hunter Pilot
Patrick Ludlow Under Secretary
Oliver Macgreevy Tattooed Man
John Stacy Tyboria Captain
Denys Graham Copilot
Michael Chow Weng
John Karlsen Oleg

Technical Credits
Joseph Losey Director
Reginald Beck Editor
Johnny Dankworth Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Beatrice Dawson Costumes/Costume Designer
Douglas Hayward Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Hildyard Cinematographer
Joseph Janni Producer
Evan Jones Screenwriter
Richard MacDonald Production Designer
Jack Shampan Production Designer
Neville Smallwood Makeup

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