In December 2007, a letter turned up at a post office in New York City that a certain Penny Baxter had written to Jim Kowalski back in 1949. She claimed that her husband, Mafia boss Tony Carlucci, wanted to murder her.

For the elderly Jim Kowalski, this letter brings back a lot of memories. He’s one of the few people left who experienced from up close how the love between an ambitious girl and her Mafia boss-boyfriend was doomed to failure, and how lots of heads rolled in the wake of history.

Empire State Building Murders is an ode to American film noir, a feature film dressed up like a documentary. Director William Karel edited countless film excerpts from old classics into a black-and-white drama in which the Empire State Building plays a key role.

Film Info

2 min 42 sec Duration
  • Posted: October 08, 2009
  • Director: William Karel
  • Writer: William Karel
  • Studio: Independent
  • Release: August 14, 2008
  • Cast: Ben Gazzara, Kirk Douglas, Cyd Charisse

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