Thursday, June 1, 2017

Murder on the Orient Express

Agatha Christie reportedly regretted making Hercule Poirot such a weirdo. When I first watched Murder on the Orient Express (1974) I assumed it was a comedy. The fact that plot involved the murder of a child should have given it away and I did catch on that they were serious.

The 1974 version was directed by Sydney Lumet, starring Albert Finney as Poirot, with Lauren Becall, Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, Sean Connery, Anthony Perkins, John Gielgud, Vanessa Redgrave and Richard Widmark among others.

You think this new Kenneth Branagh version with Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer will be any good?

Branagh plays Poirot. Johnny Depp is in Richard Widmark's role--he dies in the first reel but still gets top billing. Michelle Pfeiffer plays whatever character Lauren Becall played. Becall was 9 years younger than Pfeiffer is now.

It was filmed in 65mm to be released in 70mm even though the whole thing takes place inside a cramped railroad car.

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