In Cold Blood + Intro 15

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This film was last shown on 11 April 2019

Released in 1967, In Cold Blood is a classic true crime film based on a non-fiction novel of the same name written by Truman Capote. Set in rural Kansas, and based on real events, the film showcases the horrific crime planned by two ex-convicts, Perry Smith and Dick Hickock. The film then follows them across state lines in their desperate attempt to escape the law.

The film ends with another horrific spectacle, and director Richard Brooks’ focus on capital punishment at this stage makes it a central theme of the film that colours everything that has come before. In Cold Blood prompts the viewer to reflect on notions of crime, justice and retribution: is an eye for an eye truly the best means of dispensing punishment?

This screening will feature an introduction from Dr Katherine Ebury, Senior Lecturer at the School of English at the University of Sheffield.


Richard Brooks
2 hours 12 minutes
John Forsyth, Robert Blake, Scott Wilson


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