The Boston Strangler

  • 116'
  • USA
  • 1968
While one part of the CinemaScope screen shows a group of chattering old ladies, the other part shows a registration of an autopsy on a victim of the Boston Strangler. The serial killer, who was regarded as a respectable husband and father and a diligent factory worker during the day, had in the hours of darkness often set his sights on elderly ladies. In this horror film, loosely based on a series of murders in the early 1960s in the USA, the split personality of Albert Henry DeSalvo (a sinister Tony Curtis) is portrayed with what was then a very modern split-screen technique. DaSalvo confessed to 13 murders and in 1973 he was himself murdered in his cell, but there's still some doubt as to whether he really was the Boston Strangler.
This film was made using a new widescreen system based on CinemaScope. This was how the film industry - after 3D film and Cinerama - again tried to fend off the attack by television.


Director
Richard Fleischer
Country of production
USA
Production Year
1968
Festival Edition
IFFR 2010
Length
116'
Medium
35mm
Language
English
Sales
Hollywood Classics / Altadena Films
Screenplay
Edward Anhalt, based on a novel by Gerold Frank
Cinematography
Richard H. Kline
Editor
Marion Rothman
Production Design
Richard Day, Jack Martin Smith
Sound Design
Jack Martin Smith, David Dockendorf
Music
Lionel Newman
Cast
Tony Curtis