… that last weekend was a curious time for me to re-watch Marathon Man for the first time in umpteen years. I wanted Mrs. Oblogatory to see it, as she has a long history with invasive dentistry. Didn’t think I’d be watching a drill go into my mouth so soon afterwards. Of course I had to tell my dentist this and Dr. Brian was greatly amused. His hygienist mentioned she’d never seen the film, and he said, “Oh, you’ve gotta see it!” Naturally, I wasn’t the first person in his chair who’d referenced it.
Olivier is so creepily effective here. The combination of professional tenderness and ruthless information seeking is about as chilling as it gets, pour moi.