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Experiment in Terror
Directed by Blake Edwards • 1962 • United States
Starring Lee Remick, Glenn Ford
Following the success of BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S, producer-director Blake Edwards took a detour into noir territory with this ultra-stylish, mood-drenched thriller. Lee Remick plays a San Francisco bank clerk who is plunged into a waking nightmare when she becomes the unwitting pawn in a sadistic killer’s heist scheme, while Glenn Ford is the FBI agent charged with unraveling the case. Featuring lustrous black-and-white cinematography and a cool jazz score by Henry Mancini, EXPERIMENT IN TERROR bristles with voyeuristic, psychosexual unease, striking a tone that has invited comparisons to the work of Alfred Hitchcock and David Lynch.