Royal Theatre in Los Angeles will be presenting a 50th anniversary
screening of Richard Brook’s 1967 film In
Cold Blood, based upon the novel of the same name by Truman Capote. The 134-minute film, which stars John Forsythe, Robert Blake and Scott Wilson, will
be screened on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm.
PLEASE NOTE: At press time, Actor Scott
Wilson is scheduled to appear in person for a discussion about the film
following the screening.
the press release:
Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit:laemmle.com/ac.
IN COLD BLOOD (1967)
50th Anniversary Screening
Wednesday, March 22, at 7 PM at the Royal Theatre
Followed by a Q & A with Actor Scott Wilson
In Cold Blood, the film version
of Truman Capote’s immensely popular true crime novel, was nominated for four
top Oscars in 1967. Richard Brooks received two nominations, for Best Director
and Best Adapted Screenplay, and the film was also nominated for Conrad Hall’s
striking cinematography and Quincy Jones’ memorable score.
In his best-selling book, Capote chronicled the events leading up to and
following the senseless murders of a family of four in Holcomb, Kansas in 1959.
He drew a pointed contrast between the prosperous, all-American Clutter family
and the two social outsiders, Perry Smith and Richard Hickok, who committed the
In adapting the book, Brooks (the Oscar-winning writer-director of such films
asThe Blackboard Jungle,Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,Elmer
Gantry, andSweet Bird of Youth) resolved to be
as faithful as possible to Capote’s chronicle, even filming in many of the
actual locations where the events took place. With Capote’s encouragement,
Brooks cast unknown actors as the two killers, and the performances of Robert
Blake as Smith and Scott Wilson as Hickok earned critical raves. More
established actors John Forsythe, Paul Stewart, and Will Geer filled out the supporting
cast. Brooks also bucked the industry practice and decided to shoot the film in
black-and-white at a time when color cinematography had become virtually
mandatory for big-studio films.
Reviews at the time were largely positive.The Saturday Review’s Arthur Knight
declared the film to be “one of the finest pictures of the year, and possibly
of the decade.” Its reputation has not diminished. In an article inThe
Wall Street Journalin
January of 2017, critic Peter Cowie called the film “a classic of American
cinema” and added, “In Cold Bloodretains its relevance today, even as
random shootings continue to appall.”
Scott Wilson made his film debut earlier in 1967, in the Oscar-winningIn
the Heat of the Night.In Cold Bloodwas only his second movie. He went on
to co-star in John Frankenheimer’sThe Gypsy Moths, the Robert Redford
version ofThe Great
Gatsby, Philip Kaufman’sThe Right Stuff,The
New Centurions,The Ninth Configuration, and more
recent appearances inDead Man Walking,The
Last Samurai,Monster, andJunebug.
He also is known for his roles in the popular TV seriesCSIandThe Walking Dead.
Royal Theatre is located at 11523
Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90025. The phone number is (310) 478