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Blind Date aka Chance Meeting [DVD] [1959]

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  • Actors: Stanley Baker, Micheline Presle, Hardy Kruger, John Van Eyssen
  • Directors: Joseph Losey
  • Format: PAL, Full Screen, Mono, Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Renown Productions Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Mar. 2010
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IKKJKK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,461 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Murder mystery from director Josef Losey. When Dutch artist Jan Van Rooyen (Hardy Kruger) is discovered in a cottage with a murdered woman, it seems a cut and dried case for Inspector Morgan (Stanley Baker). Although Van Rooyen soon admits to having an affair with the dead women, who he believed to be married, Morgan's discovery that she was not only single but involved with a high-level diplomat, leads him to dig deeper.

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Very good film but no subtitles and movie is 4 x 3 and should be 16 x 9 @ 1 : 85 : 1 also picture quality is very poor indeed . BEWARE before you buy !
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Well, it's not that bad I suppose. First tho, the technical details (sort of). I found this "Restores and Remastered" print quite acceptable except I get the feeling the picture framing has been "cropped", but this disn't spoil any visual pleasure for me anyway. So, sound and picture fine if not perhaps 100% mint. The film is surprisingly static if not a bit boring at times and also a bit ridiculous in places. What drew Losey to it I'll never know. It does perk up considerably for the last 30' and overall I enjoyed it more than not! Kruger's performence is odd and there is a wonderful shot in his character's studio with a "bird" that just has to be seen. Michelline Presle is photographed badly in my opinion but she gets better and her scenes with Kruger do carry a bit of a charge. Baker wears one of his rugs and is very Welsh, and probably did it in his sleep. Overall this doesn't deserve to be lumped with most of Renown's "B" movies, and there is enjoyment to be had. I just found it disapointing, hence 3 stars only, but well done Renown for making it available.
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On the surface a conventional, low-key mystery thriller of the type so commonplace to 1950s and 1960s UK cinema audiences, Blind Date (1959) boasts a bit of star power courtesy of Hardy Kruger and Stanley Baker, an unusual female lead in the shape of French actress Micheline Presle, and most notably direction from American expat Joseph Losey, whose filmmaking fingerprints are all over the movie’s style, if not its storyline.
Kruger plays a struggling artist who finds himself accused of murder when he arrives at his lover’s flat seemingly minutes after she’s been killed; a simplistic plot in which Baker’s persistent (and not especially pleasant) Detective Inspector questions Kruger about his past with the dead woman is strung out well past its deserved length by a very repetitive script and several fraught flashback scenes in which Kruger’s relationship with Presle’s ‘woman of mystery’ is sketched in, before a coincidence-charged ending sees everything tied together neatly, if not completely logically given what we’ve seen.
Baker and Kruger certainly fit the bill in their parts and they are backed up by a clutch of entertaining (if theatrical) supporting performances from the likes of Robert Flemyng and Jack MacGowran.
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i think joseph losey is an interesting film-maker but not a great one as this film shows.
as in a few of losey's films, the plot in "blind date" is a bit dis-jointed as the flashback scene goes on for too long and the pace is often slow and awkward.
hardy kruger is o.k in the lead as the prime suspect but it is stanley baker as the hard-boiled police inspector who is the one to watch. his performance keeps the film going, especially in the latter stages when baker realises that not all is what it seems as the case unravels. the last 20 minutes or more are the best part of the film in my opinion.
"blind date" is mainly worth buying if you are a big fan of stanley baker like me.
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Blind Date (AKA: Chance Meeting) is directed by Joseph Losey and adapted to screenplay by Ben Barzman and Millard Lampell from the Leigh Howard novel. It stars Hardy Krüger, Stanley Baker, Micheline Presle, John Van Eyssen, Gordon Jackson and Robert Flemyng. Music is by Richard Rodney Bennett and cinematography by Christopher Challis.

Jan Van Rooyer (Krüger) arrives at the apartment of the lady he is having an affair with, only to find the police following him close behind. It appears that the lady, Jacqueline Cousteau (Presle), has been murdered and he is the prime suspect.

Another cracker-jack slice of British film noir produced by the brilliant Joseph Losey. Blind Date finds Losey on the sort of firm ground he thrives on, examining hot topics such as class consciousness, eroticism, political pot-boiling, corruption, misogyny and at the crux of the story there's a very intricate mystery to be solved. When Losey was at his best there was an edginess to his films, and this is no exception, the construction of the tale is akin to someone dangling a piece of red meat over a Lion's cage (or in this case a Cougar), only to keep pulling it away at the last second.

Hook - Line - Sinker.

It all begins in a jovial manner, Van Rooyer is so happy, skipping his way to his lover's apartment, the jazzy musical score soars and shrieks, then the tone changes considerably, Losey and his crew have offered a false dawn.
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