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1[[quoteright:182:]] ² [[caption-width-right:182:[[FilmNoir Holiday cheer won't be in this Christmas movie.]]]]²²'''''Blast of Silence''''' is a 1961 [[FilmNoir Neo-Noir]] thriller. Written, directed, and starring Allen Baron as the main [[AntiHero "hero"]], the film tells the story of a [[ProfessionalKiller hitman]] named Frankie Bono, who comes to New York City during Christmas time in order to carry out a contract on a low-tier mobster.²²Of course, being a [[FilmNoir Noir]], nothing goes as smoothly as planned. Not only does Frankie have to contend with taking out his target, but also his reemerging feelings for a girl he knew as a child. Will he be able to accomplish his goals, or will the New York chill swallow him up as well? ²²Created on the tail end of the FilmNoir craze and being an independent production, ''Blast of Silence'' remained relatively obscure to anybody besides hardcore film aficionados who saw it at some film festivals. However, it gained some traction again when it was re-released on DVD by Creator/TheCriterionCollection in 2008, and some critics consider it to be one of the finer independent productions of the [[TheSixties 1960s]]. ²²----²²!!''Blast of Silence'' contains examples of:²²* AntiHero: Frankie Bono kills people for a living. However, he does seem to regret his life choice and never endangers anyone other than criminals. ²* [[spoiler: AssassinsAreAlwaysBetrayed]]: Frankie gets this treatment by the end of the film. ²* TheBadGuyWins: No matter how you look at it, [[spoiler: Frankie's employers gain everything. Not only have they managed to bump off the (supposedly) ambitious Troinano, but they also kill Frankie so that he can never rat them out.]] ²* TheBigRottenApple: Averted. Most of New York City is not portrayed as sleazy or poverty-stricken; in fact, a good chunk of the film shows the nice Christmastime decorations around the city and people being in relatively good spirit. ²* BullyingADragon: [[spoiler: Big Ralph]] becomes guilty of this halfway through the film. Despite knowing full well that Frankie is a dangerous hitman, he still tries to blackmail him for a few hundred dollars. On top of that, he even goes as far to taunt Frankie by saying [[YoureNothingWithoutYourPhlebotinum he's nothing without a gun.]] [[SarcasmMode Surprise, surprise,]] the hitman kills him rather than pay a higher fee, and without a gun no less.²* {{Chiaroscuro}}: Being a [[FilmNoir Noir]], this visual style was a given. ²* [[spoiler: ContractOnTheHitman]]: Frank's employers are guilty of this. ²* TheCynic: Frankie rarely waxes a positive thought, and seems to always see the worst in everyone around him. Justified given that this thought process makes it easier for him to off other people.²* DidNotGetTheGirl: Frankie tries to start a relationship with [[spoiler: Lori]], but finds out that she is [[spoiler: with another man and only sees Frankie [[JustFriends as a friend.]]]] ²* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Not only does Frankie not get to be with Lori, but he's also betrayed by his employers and shot dead in a river. The only thing he really accomplished was killing Troinano, but it was something he wanted to back out of and really brought him no pleasure. He starts off miserable and ends up dead.]] ²* EverybodySmokes: It's the [[TheSixties 1960s]]; what else would people be doing?²* GreyAndGrayMorality: On the one hand, Troinano is a member of [[TheMafia a very dirty group]] and likely has hurt enough people to be considered a threat by his fellow mobsters. On the other, Frankie is a [[ProfessionalKiller hitman]] who'll kill whomever for the right price and (usually) without a second thought. ²* HeartbrokenBadass: Frank is this after [[spoiler: Lori rejects him for another man]]. He initially grovels, but then flawlessly [[spoiler: kills Troinano]]. ²* [[spoiler: TheHeroDies]]: [[WesternAnimation/BugsBunny "Well, what did you expect in a Noir — a happy ending?"]]²* HitmanWithAHeart: Frank may be a rough man, but he is shown to have a softness toward orphans and women. ²* IdiotBall: Frank gets to hold this when [[spoiler: his employers]] plan a trap for him. Despite being an experienced hitman, he never considers the fact that they are Mafia bigwigs and they want to meet him at a largely deserted area as a warning sign. [[spoiler: This is what ends up killing him]]. ²* JerkAss: Frank's unnamed contact is definitely this. He verbally insults and threatens Frank when they first meet, threatens to kill him if he doesn't follow through with the job, and even [[spoiler: still kills him when Frank carries out the hit]]. ²* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Frankie may be abrasive, but he genuinely seems to care for Lori and seems to have a soft spot for orphans.²* LuredIntoATrap: Frankie is drawn into one by [[spoiler: his employers]], with the aim to kill him. [[spoiler: They succeed]]. ²* TheMafia: Frankie's target Troinano is a member of the Organization. ²* TheMistress: Troinano has one, and her apartment is where [[spoiler: Frank plans to (and succeeds) in killing Troinano]]. ²* {{Narrator}}: Voiced by Lionel Stander, perhaps best known for his later role as Max on ''Series/HartToHart''.²* OldFlameFizzle: [[spoiler: What Frank's reconciliation with Lori turns out to be.]]²* ProfessionalKiller: Frankie is this. ²* SecondPersonNarration: An unseen narrator relates Frankie's story this way, speaking as though Frankie was the one listening to the story as he's experiencing it. ²* TheSixties: Even though it looks and feels like a [[FilmNoir Noir]] from the [[TheFifties 1950s]], the movie was filmed and takes place during the early 1960s. ²* SunshineNoir: The story takes place during 1960s New York City during Christmastime. Almost everywhere one looks, lively decorations light up the streets and skyline. ²* [[spoiler: YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness]]: The likely reason for the attack on Frankie at the end of the film. ²* YoureNothingWithoutYourPhlebotinum: [[spoiler: Big Ralph]] makes this taunt toward Frankie when he tries to blackmail him, saying he's nothing without a gun. Frankie soon proves him wrong by [[spoiler: killing Ralph by strangulation with an electrical cord]].² ²----


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