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The Honeymoon Killers1969

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Martha Beck is sullen, overweight and lonely. Desperate for affection, she joins Aunt Carrie's Friendship Club and strikes up a correspondence with Ray Fernandez, a charismatic smooth talker who could be the man of her dreams, or a degenerate con artist. Based on a shocking true story and shot in documentary-style black and white by the confident and inspired Leonard Kastle, in what would be his only foray into filmmaking, THE HONEYMOON KILLERS is a stark portrayal of the desperate lengths to which a lonely heart will go to find true love.

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An outlaw movie, the stylistic antithesis of Arthur Penn's legendary "Bonnie and Clyde." This gritty little movie signals the arrival of the underground movie as Midnight meeting place for refugees of Pop Culture Americana ("Honeymoon Killers" serves as a sort of template for the early films of John Waters), while throwing out an offbeat salute to the world of classic B-Movie Noir of the the 40's and 50's. It ain't pretty, but it's a fascinating death ride.

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An outlaw movie, the stylistic antithesis of Arthur Penn's legendary "Bonnie and Clyde." This gritty little movie signals the arrival of the underground movie as Midnight meeting place for refugees of Pop Culture Americana ("Honeymoon Killers" serves as a sort of template for the early films of John Waters), while throwing out an offbeat salute to the world of classic B-Movie Noir of the the 40's and 50's. It ain't pretty, but it's a fascinating death ride.

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i really liked this film. raw and honest, and maybe honestly biased a little bit, too. shirley stoler is quite beautiful in the title role despite the fact that hers is one of the least sympathetic characters i've ever seen on the screen.

makes a great companion with antonioni's the vanquished.