“From its first image of a cigarette being lit on the back of a bus, this masterpiece grips you in a way no other film does. It’s not a ghost story, but it is a brilliant thriller about an unrepentant killer. Also, the crime aspect of the story was very relevant to an Agatha Christie adaptation to me. I believe it’s one of the best photographed films of all time, but it has a killer score by Quincy Jones, razor-sharp editing by Peter Zinner, and, of course, it’s a Truman Capote book. It is an incredible collection of talent.
The attention to detail and the collaborative perfection of the filmmaking is a benchmark for me. The cherry on top, as a reference, is that it has a denouement scene…. A rain-drenched monologue and confession at the very end before the protagonist goes to the gallows… It’s the very definition of noir.”