On The Set of New York has many nicely constructed then-and-now comparisons for films shot in the Big Apple, and they have an excellent collection of "location captures" for BLAST OF SILENCE. Here are a few samples:
That last one will remind us that in the midst of its bleak tale of existential futility and nihilism, BLAST OF SILENCE is, in fact, an Xmas noir.
Baby Boy Frankie is given a lot of solo screen time, all of which is designed to remind us how completely isolated and alone he is, living in a shadow world with little or no connection to anything:
And then, of course, there's Big Ralph (Larry Tucker), whose mere physical presence reminds us that the criminal underworld is a rat's nest of grotesque psychoexotic misdirection:
Yes, in BLAST OF SILENCE there is something (or is that nothing?) for everyone. Sometime between Xmas and New Years Day it should be put on the screen--either at home or in a movie theater--to remind us of just how low things can go in a season that's supposed to be jolly but is all too often anything but.
For a ravishing review of BLAST OF SILENCE (and by a blogger who goes by the name of "Grumpy Guy," no less, go here:
Happy New Year!