Film Noir

Berlin Express

Berlin Express

| September 1, 2001 | 0 Comments

France is still licking its wounds of war and occupation. At the base of the Eiffel Tower, a pigeon is mysteriously shot from the sky. A group of schoolboys take the dead bird to Sacre Coeur for a dignified burial; but one of the boys’ mothers decides it will make a better meal than funeral […]

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Niagara

Niagara

| August 24, 2001 | 0 Comments

Released in 1953, Niagara is one of a handful of noir movies that were exclusively intended as a star vehicle for a single personality–oddly enough in this case, Marilyn Monroe. The majority of A-list noirs of the classic period were packed with characters, especially in cases of urban detective stories. A jungle of characters and […]

Crack-Up

Crack-Up

| August 12, 2001 | 0 Comments

“Odd, isn’t it, that truth should be a byproduct of war? Only in the recent war did we perfect a direct method of communication with a man’s true self. It’s called ‘narcosynthesis’…One small injection of this and the brain is illuminated with accuracy…the subconscious mind takes over.” – Dr. Lowell Crack-Up was shot between December […]

This Gun for Hire

This Gun for Hire

| August 2, 2001 | 0 Comments

“I read somewhere about a kind of doctor, a psycho-something–you tell him your dream, and you don’t have to dream it anymore.” – Philip Raven There’s something satisfying in seeing the old-time Hollywood machine produce a film that transcends its gristmill origin. In the case of This Gun for Hire, the film was produced in […]

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Detour

Detour

| May 31, 2001 | 0 Comments

“I keep trying to forget what happened and wonder what my life might have been like if that car of Haskel’s hadn’t stopped. But one thing I don’t have to wonder about, I know. Someday a car will stop to pick me up that I never thumbed. Yes, Fate or some mysterious force can put […]

Out of the Past

Out of the Past

| May 31, 2001 | 0 Comments

“Near the plaza was a café called La Mar Azul, next to a movie house. I sat there in the afternoons and drank beer. I used to sit there half asleep with the beer and the darkness, only that music from the movie next door kept jarring me awake. And then I saw her, coming […]

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The Asphalt Jungle

The Asphalt Jungle

| May 19, 2001 | 0 Comments

The Asphalt Jungle should be recognized, along with the greats like Sunset Blvd. (1950) and The Third Man (1949), as a landmark of Film Noir. The police officers, the dialogue, the suspense and each motive work together to move the story along. It is without a doubt true to the genre. This is a writer’s […]

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Kiss Me Deadly

Kiss Me Deadly

| May 4, 2001 | 0 Comments

In 1955, Robert Aldrich, a director whose career is filled with genre films, produced what is arguably the greatest example of American noir cinema. Film historian Steven Scheuer called Kiss Me Deadly “the apotheosis” of the classic film noir period. More than once, the film has been called the best film noir ever made. Certainly […]

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D.O.A.

D.O.A.

| August 30, 2000 | 0 Comments

The portrayal of an innocent John Q. Public suffering punitive consequences due to a seemingly minor transgression is an essential film noir theme of the 1940′s and early 1950′s. This compelling formula was used effectively in numerous films including Phantom Lady, Detour, Quicksand, Side Street and Desperate. All of these noir vehicles are based on […]

Blood Simple

Blood Simple

| July 31, 2000 | 0 Comments

“The world is full of complainers. But the fact is, nothing comes with a guarantee. I don’t care if you’re the Pope of Rome, President of the United States or Man of the Year, something can all go wrong. But go ahead, complain, tell your problems to your neighbor, ask for help, and watch him […]

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