Time for a fun crime thriller from the 1970s.
Glass Onion has been out for four days and has proven to be a real whirlwind when it comes to streaming. Writer-director extraordinaire Rian Johnson’s latest mystery is captivating viewers everywhere as he proves once again that no genre is out of his reach. In the production cycle prior to the release of Glass Onion, Johnson had been very vocal about a particular film that inspired Glass Onion and Knives Out.
This film is The Last of Sheila, released in 1973, about a film producer who takes his closest friends on a week-long scavenger hunt on a yacht a year after the death of his wife.
You can probably see the Glass Onion inspiration with this synopsis, considering it’s about a rich businessman who invites friends on a trip to play a crime game. While it’s not necessary to enjoy Rian Johnson’s new movie, it can’t hurt to watch The Last of Sheila before streaming Glass Onion on Netflix, just to get yourself in the mood for one mystery film after the next.
Johnson even tweeted about it last year and again when it aired on Turner Classic Movies in August.
However, there is a fairly direct connection between the two films. The Last of Sheila was written by the late Steven Sondheim and Anthony Perkins. However, Steven Sondheim made his last screen appearance in Glass Onion during the scene where Benoit Blanc has a multi-celebrity Zoom call. It can be assumed that this was orchestrated by Johnson to pay homage to one of his heroes. Also joining the call is the late Angela Lansbury, star of the crime series Murder, She Wrote.
Currently, The Last of Sheila is not available to stream for free anywhere, but it can be purchased or rented through Google Play, Apple TV, Amazon Prime, Vudu, and YouTube.
https://twinfinite.net/2022/12/psa-you-should-watch-the-last-of-sheila-before-glass-onion-a-knives-out-mystery/ PSA: You should check out The Last of Sheila Before Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery