Deep Crimson

Newcity Chicago

DIRECTED BY: Arturo Ripstein

REVIEWED: 01-20-98

Drawing from the same real-life stories as Leonard Kastle's astringent 1970 "The Honeymoon Killers," Arturo Ripstein's "Deep Crimson" is a sordid delight. Set in the 1940s, the story follows Coral, a plushly upholstered nurse who lives through her delusions about Charles Boyer. Answering a lonely hearts ad, she comes upon Nicolas, a handsome con-man who looks like, wouldn't you know, Charles Boyer. When she discovers his scams, she doesn't let him go, instead teaming up with him to seduce and murder women along the back roads of Mexico. Ripstein's camerawork dazzles, gliding and dancing around his characters, across points-of-view; the drained sepias and silvers of the design create a kind of lush claustrophobia. It's a spell-binding romp.

--Ray Pride

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