Friday, May 01, 2009

Car Chase Friday: The Master Touch

As a general rule, I post car chases from movies I've actually seen, but I had to make an exception for this one from The Master Touch (1972), which I've only seen on YouTube. This was apparently one of those low-budget, multinational European productions featuring a fading but still big-name American star (Kirk Douglas in this case).

Douglas doesn't appear in the car chase, but it's great anyway. It's one of the most innovative I've seen -- the sequences with the stairs and with the upside-down third car (you'll see what I mean) are inspired. They bash the hell out of their cars. It's also very low-budget. The car being chased changes from a two-door to a four-door and then back to a two-door again. Seriously. They probably blew their budget on Kirk Douglas, so they couldn't afford two identical cars.

It doesn't matter though; it's still a great chase. Enjoy.

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