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The Pale Blue Eye


Christian Bale. Photo: Netflix

In 1830, detective Augustus Landor (Christian Bale) is hired to investigate the mysterious death and desecration of a West Point cadet; there, he gets help from another cadet, Edgar Allan Poe (Harry Melling). There are times when this adaptation of the novel resembles ”The Name of the Rose”, if only superficially. This historical thriller also has mysterious killings, set in a place with its own code and rules. It’s winter and our two investigators are looking into the strange, ritual nature of the murders. It’s an intriguing film, handsomely shot, with dedicated lead performances… but the final twist is hard to believe. 

2022-U.S. 128 min. Color. Widescreen. Written and directed by Scott Cooper. Novel: Louis Bayard. Cinematography: Masanobu Takayanagi. Music: Howard Shore. Cast: Christian Bale (Augustus Landor), Harry Melling (Edgar Allan Poe), Simon McBurney (Ethan Hitchcock), Timothy Spall, Toby Jones, Harry Lawtey… Charlotte Gainsbourg, Robert Duvall, Gillian Anderson.

Trivia: Co-produced by Cooper and Bale.

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