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The Usual Suspects: BFI Film Classics The Usual Suspects: BFI Film Classics

Fascinating account of a film whose technical accomplishment and fine ensemble acting have made it an undisputed modern classic.

Fascinating account of a film whose technical accomplishment and fine ensemble acting have made it an undisputed modern classic.

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The Usual Suspects (1995) captivated audiences, a heist thriller with a dazzling twist in the tail. Directed by Bryan Singer, the film won Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay (Christopher McQuarrie) and Best Supporting Actor (Kevin Spacey). Co-starring with Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, Chazz Palminteri and Pete Postlethwaite, Spacey plays Verbal Kint, one of a group of talented thieves whose high-stakes operation puts them in confrontation with a mastermind personification of evil – Keyser Soze.

Time has seen The Usual Suspects’ reputation grow and it’s now a major cult movie. But critical views were mixed when the film was first released. Ernest Larsen takes this critical resistance as his starting point. In a wide-ranging study Larsen examines the film’s sophisticated narrative structure and the new spin it puts on older genre conventions and themes. The upshot is a fascinating account of a film whose technical accomplishment and fine ensemble acting have made it an undisputed modern classic of American cinema.

The Usual Suspects (1995) captivated audiences, a heist thriller with a dazzling twist in the tail. Directed by Bryan Singer, the film won Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay (Christopher McQuarrie) and Best Supporting Actor (Kevin Spacey). Co-starring with Gabriel Byrne, Stephen Baldwin, Chazz Palminteri and Pete Postlethwaite, Spacey plays Verbal Kint, one of a group of talented thieves whose high-stakes operation puts them in confrontation with a mastermind personification of evil – Keyser Soze.

Time has seen The Usual Suspects’ reputation grow and it’s now a major cult movie. But critical views were mixed when the film was first released. Ernest Larsen takes this critical resistance as his starting point. In a wide-ranging study Larsen examines the film’s sophisticated narrative structure and the new spin it puts on older genre conventions and themes. The upshot is a fascinating account of a film whose technical accomplishment and fine ensemble acting have made it an undisputed modern classic of American cinema.

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SKU 9780851708690
Author(s) Ernest Larsen
Publisher(s) BFI Publishing
Format Paperback
Original publication date 01/10/2001
Number of pages 96

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