The Day of the Jackal
First screened in July 2014
Director: Fred Zinnemann. Cast: Edward Fox, Michael Lonsdale, Michel Auclair, Terence Alexander, Alan Badel, Tony Britton, Denis Carey, Olga Georges-Picot, Delphine Seyrig, Jean Martin, Derek Jacobi, Cyril Cusack, Ronald Pickup, Jean Sorel, Eric Porter, Maurice Denham, Jacques François, Vernon Dobtcheff, Raymond Gérôme, Donald Sinden, David Swift, Timothy West, Gérard Buhr, Colette Bergé, Edward Hardwicke. Screenplay: Kenneth Ross (based on the novel by Frederick Forsyth).

Twitter Capsule: Drily inventive cat-and-mouse game, with resourceful quarry only ever a few steps ahead. Cold but enervating.

VOR:   Zinnemann proves unexpectedly crafty at tension, minus the hokey hyperboles of High Noon. One-stop master class in film editing. If you leave Z in a fridge, you get this.

Photo © 1973 Universal Pictures/Warwick Film Productions

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Film Editing: Ralph Kemplen

Golden Globe Nominations:
Best Picture (Drama)
Best Director: Fred Zinnemann
Best Screenplay: Kenneth Ross

Other Awards:
British Academy Awards (BAFTAs): Best Film Editing

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