The other day whilst standing in a queue at the post office I started aimlessly browsing a box full to the brim of discount DVDs. The box had been strategically placed so as to encourage people to rummage through it whilst standing patiently in the especially long queues that the post office specialises in. Anyway, I did not expect to find anything even remotely interesting. Imagine my utter surprise and delight when I found one of my all time favourite movies ever in that humble box!! And it was only $10.00. My day was made and The Day of the Jackal was shortly mine.
So, why do I adore this 1973 espionage/ thriller/ action/ suspense tour de force? Why did I many moons ago happen to watch it on DVD and immediately watch it again and then, as soon as my boyfriend got back from an interstate trip did I sit down and watch it yet again with him? These are my reasons:
a) The superbly tight plot. Based on the novel of the same name by Frederick Forsyth it has a snappy story line that will take your breath away.
b) The wonderful cast. For starters there's Edward Fox doing a superb job of being a couth assassin with the cunning of...well, a jackal. There's also a fine supporting cast which includes the fabulous French actor Michael Lonsdale as the Commissioner and his side kick Caron is played by that awesome veteran Brit actor Derek Jacobi.
c) The glamorous locations. Paris, rural France, The Swiss Alps, London...
d) The semi-historical aspect. Yes, there really was an underground terrorist organisation called the OAS that tried to assassinate de Gaulle on 22 August 1962. Unhappy with his decision to liberate Algeria, they believed that by killing de Gaulle they would restore the great France of old. The film then goes on from there. I feel this basis in fact gives it a very real authenticity and makes it all the more compelling to watch.
All these fab images are from here.
I understand there was a re-make of the film recently but I shall never in a million years watch it!
I hope everyone's week is going swimmingly!