Charley Varrick (Don Siegel, 1973)

81YQ+2VdjuL._SL1500_“Flush from the success of Dirty Harry, Don Siegel at last found himself possessed with sufficient clout to imprint his next work, Charley Varrick, with the auteurist stamp “A Siegel Film,” a rubric that appears on screen before any other title cards. Siegel’s identification with the film’s doggedly professional protagonist extended even to its working title, Last of the Independents, a slogan we see emblazoned across the side of the eponymous character’s crop-dusting company van.”

Read my entire review of Kino Lorber’s new Blu-ray over at Slant Magazine.

About Budd Wilkins

Budd Wilkins is a writer, film critic and instructor. He is a Staff Critic for Slant Magazine, and his work has also appeared in the Nordic Issue of Acidemic Journal of Film and Media. He is currently writing a chapter for an anthology on international horror directors to be published by Intellect Press and distributed by University of Chicago Press. Mr. Wilkins was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida. He attended Penn State for several years before moving to North Carolina in 1994, where he earned his Bachelor's in Religious Studies and a Master's in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Film Studies from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His primary focus is film history, film literacy and criticism, with the goal of bringing obscure, foreign and films that are labeled "difficult" to the attention of film aficionados of all kinds. Other interests and focus of critique include comparative religion, black humor, 19th century European literature, horror and graphic novels. Mr Wilkins lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife, Tina. Follow @buddwilkins on Twitter.
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