Tag Archives: Film Noir

Devil in a Blue Dress

Now, usually when someone tells me ‘There’s nothin’ to worry about’, I look down to see if my fly is open. As much as I prefer New York to Los Angeles,?southern California somehow lends itself to film noir better than … Continue reading

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The Lady from Shanghai

Some people can smell danger. Not me. Orson Welles?is a mess. ?After directing what is widely understood to be the greatest (or second greatest) movie of all time,?Citizen Kane (1941), Welles would take part in hundreds of productions. ?He directed … Continue reading

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Laura

Dames are always pulling a switch on ya. Here’s a thought for you.? How is it that they still make tame romantic comedies like they did in the 40’s and 50’s, but they don’t make tame mysteries of that era?? … Continue reading

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Le Cercle Rouge

We all change…for the worse. Le Cercle Rouge (1970), the second in my Jean-Pierre Melville double-feature after Le Samoura??(1967) (review), is slightly more mainstream fare.? In fact, seeing them together makes me feel slightly odd.? Here are two films that … Continue reading

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Dark Passage

Hold your breath and cross your fingers. I’ve gotten used to the idea that black and white means that it’ll be a pretty good movie one way or another.? Maybe it’ll be funny, maybe the story will be a classic, … Continue reading

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The Maltese Falcon

Thursby dead?? How’d I kill him, I forget? Film noir is tough to do in color.? Luckily, in the 30’s to 50’s color wasn’t a viable option so film noir could thrive.? The writing and acting styles matched the genre … Continue reading

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L.A. Confidential

Between the two of you, you should bring along a photographer. How do you make a great movie?? Make three movies but pull it into one.? In a way, that’s the film noir classic formula, but usually it’s two sides … Continue reading

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Brighton Rock

Them?atheists?are all wrong. ?Of course there’s a hell. I like gangster movies. ?I like British movies. ?I should like like British gangster movies. ?And I do. ?They typically include less organized forms of crime than their American cousins, but they … Continue reading

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Blast of Silence

Somehow you always hate the targets before you hit ’em. Film noir is a nebulous term. ?It generally refers to movies dealing with crime, nihilistic main characters, love interest (though that’s most movies), and cynical story lines. ?Blast of Silence?(1961) … Continue reading

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