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Live at the Palm Springs Film Noir Festival

Live at the Palm Springs Film Noir Festival

| June 14, 2002 | 0 Comments

The Palm Springs Film Noir Festival was a smash hit. This second annual celebration of dark film concluded this past Sunday evening an unqualified success, largely due to promoters Art Lyons and Craig Prater’s staying focused on the important themes. The 2002 festival motto, “It’s all in the story,” was the principal determinant in this […]

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Moonrise

Moonrise

| May 15, 2002 | 0 Comments

When does the formula plot of a guilt-ridden man tormented by his conscience not become a foundation of a 1940′s atypical film noir? With director Frank Borzage at the helm of Moonrise), the hard-boiled repartee and blind alley themes associated with classic film noir are eschewed for the subjective moral shadings typically associated with romanticist […]

The Palm Springs Film Noir Festival

The Palm Springs Film Noir Festival

| April 23, 2002 | 0 Comments

The second annual Palm Springs Film Noir Festival will run from June 6th through 9th at The Camelot Theater. Festival founders Craig Prater and Arthur Lyons announced that this year will feature guest appearances by stars and celebrities including mystery writer Mickey Spillane and film stars Jane Russell, Rhonda Fleming, M. Emmet Walsh and Coleen […]

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The Prowler

The Prowler

| April 17, 2002

What does a restless Susan Gilvay (Evelyn Keyes) do when her older husband works evenings as a radio disc jockey? She calls the police to investigate when she is startled by a peeping tom. Enter cop as predator: Webb Garwood (Van Heflin). Garwood doesn’t collar the window peeper, but his eyes protrude like golf balls […]

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Out of the Past to the Present: A Weekend of Film Noir at American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre

Out of the Past to the Present: A Weekend of Film Noir at American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre

| April 4, 2002 | 0 Comments

The memories of joyous anticipation during youthful Saturday afternoons at the old neighborhood theatre swirled through me while queuing up for the opening of the Fourth Annual Festival of Film Noir. The festival is being put on by The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood and started this past Friday. As a confirmed […]

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We Were Soldiers

We Were Soldiers

| March 20, 2002 | 0 Comments

After September 11, war movies appear to have several added dimensions. We Were Soldiers is the second of two major war movies released this year, (Black Hawk Down was released several weeks earlier). Both of these films are based on best-selling non-fiction books about specific battles involving American soldiers in foreign lands. Both of these […]

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The Dark Corner

The Dark Corner

| February 17, 2002

Spirited discussions about film noir often hinge on subjective applications of traditional categorizations such as “crime drama,” “suspense,” “mystery” and “melodrama.” Which crime dramas are film noirs? Aren’t some melodramas actually noirs? Are certain Alfred Hitchcock films actually noirs or suspense films? While this debate is often the equivalent of using cinematic algebra to square […]

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Plunder Road

Plunder Road

| February 9, 2002

Plunder Road is a bare-bones noir caper flick with some nice plot and performance discriminators. The film opens with five robbers in three trucks heading toward a major heist in the midst of a driving rainstorm. All of the men silently consider their thoughts (audible to the audience) as the trucks rumble and a cliched […]

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711 Ocean Drive

711 Ocean Drive

| January 1, 2002 | 0 Comments

America’s transition into the postwar boom of the 1950′s engendered a new type of noir crime drama in pace with current events. Senator Kefauver’s congressional organized crime hearings were a national road show starring underworld luminaries such as Frank Costello (The Prime Minister of the Underworld) and Meyer Lansky (The Chairman of the Board). The […]

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Crime Wave [a.k.a., The City Is Dark]

Crime Wave [a.k.a., The City Is Dark]

| November 14, 2001 | 0 Comments

Several of the 1950′s era crime caper films, including Armored Car Robbery (1950), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), and The Killing (1956), comprise an important style of classic film noir. Within this genre, Crime Wave (1954), a 73-minute Warner Brothers effort, is frequently overlooked and unappreciated. A closer look at this film reveals a well-crafted “B” […]

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