Film noir: your favourites

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I'll keep to a narrow definition and exclude neo-noir, so we're talking mainly Hollywood movies released from 1940-1960.

Kiss Me Deadly is pretty terrific, possibly my favourite. I saw The Postman Always Rings Twice last night - great but not as great as the novel.

What is that Robert Mitchum as an ambulnce man falling for Jean Simmons? That was pretty amazing as well.

Jonathan Z. (Joanthan Z.), Thursday, 8 April 2004 08:44 (eighteen years ago) link

The Killers

Dave B (daveb), Thursday, 8 April 2004 08:54 (eighteen years ago) link

Does "The Big Sleep" count? That's one of my favourite films ever.

Baravelli. (Jake Proudlock), Thursday, 8 April 2004 10:41 (eighteen years ago) link

I watched The Third Man the other day for the first time--thoroughly excellent.

sgs (sgs), Thursday, 8 April 2004 10:54 (eighteen years ago) link

"The Postman Always Rings Twice" is a bit flat. But "Double Indemnity", also based on a Cain novel and with a similar story (wife plots with boyfriend to kill husband and pocket the insurance) is a great noir film, in my opinion.

Raymond Chandler, who scripted it and changed the story a great deal, wrote to Cain that the dialogue in the book wouldn't play onscreen as written, putting his finger, in my opinion, on why "Postman" had been somewhat two-dimensional: the film had been too faithful.

Baravelli. (Jake Proudlock), Thursday, 8 April 2004 11:03 (eighteen years ago) link

Yes I agree with you on Postman the film (I haven't seen Double Indemnity yet but I love the book which as you say is basically another riff on Postman). Also what Postman the film lacked was the novel's flat tone of amorality. You can see why Camus claimed it as an influence for "L'Etranger".

Jonathan Z. (Joanthan Z.), Thursday, 8 April 2004 11:07 (eighteen years ago) link

Did Chandler also add the framing sequence, which is a great device because it allows for lots of lovely Raymond Chandler voiceover?

I was amused to find out that the 1946 Postman was already the third adaptation, one of them being a foundation-stone of Italian Neo-realism.

Andrew Farrell (afarrell), Thursday, 8 April 2004 11:09 (eighteen years ago) link

Double Indemnity is great! Especially because we get to see Fred MacMurray (aka the dad in whitebread TV show "My Three Sons") as a swift-talking con-man.

sgs (sgs), Thursday, 8 April 2004 11:12 (eighteen years ago) link

"The Big Sleep" is most absolutely classic noir. I like it lots, it was my introduction to Bogart & Bacall.
I remember liking "The Lost Weekend" but haven't seen it for years.
Gloria Grahame is a wonderful actor who was in Noir films, like The Big Heat.

cuspidorian (cuspidorian), Thursday, 8 April 2004 11:32 (eighteen years ago) link

.. and in the unusually poetic In a Lonely Place starring Bogart directed by Nicholas Ray.

Dave Amos, Thursday, 8 April 2004 11:46 (eighteen years ago) link

i love noir, to the point that i'll watch almost anything no matter how z-grade. some favorites: phantom lady, out of the past, the lady from shanghai, the third man, a touch of evil, night of the hunter, i wake up screaming, night and the city, force of evil, pick-up on south street, call northside 777, laura.

lauren (laurenp), Thursday, 8 April 2004 13:50 (eighteen years ago) link

There's a Nicholas Ray festival on in Paris at the moment, In A Lonely Place is on next Tuesday.

Jonathan Z. (Joanthan Z.), Thursday, 8 April 2004 13:56 (eighteen years ago) link


lucas (lucas), Thursday, 8 April 2004 14:01 (eighteen years ago) link

'Especially because we get to see Fred MacMurray (aka the dad in whitebread TV show "My Three Sons") as a swift-talking con-man.'

Fred MacMurray playing SATAN in 'the Apartment' is even weirder.

'Gilda' to thread!

Clubber Langston (Adrian Langston), Thursday, 8 April 2004 14:10 (eighteen years ago) link

Is Touch of Evil considered noir?

oops (Oops), Thursday, 8 April 2004 21:44 (eighteen years ago) link

It's usually considered the last blast of the first wave of noir, I think.

I got Sam Fuller's Pickup on South Street today. Looks noiry.

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Thursday, 8 April 2004 21:46 (eighteen years ago) link

I really want to see Double Indemnity, but the R1 DVD is OOP.

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Thursday, 8 April 2004 21:46 (eighteen years ago) link

Double Indemnity has one of my favourite lines ever in it. "You bet I'll get out of here, baby - I'll get out of here but quick." I first saw it playing as a movie on a TV in the background during the 2nd Columbo pilot and my jaw dropped. I had to find out what it was from.

jazz odysseus, Thursday, 8 April 2004 21:55 (eighteen years ago) link

How bout The Killing? noir or no?

oops (Oops), Thursday, 8 April 2004 21:59 (eighteen years ago) link

my favorite noirs by your definition are

the big sleep
the third man
strangers on a train

outside of the definition i have to include

le cercle rouge
chinatown (my favorite noir, period.)
the long goodbye

todd swiss (eliti), Thursday, 8 April 2004 22:42 (eighteen years ago) link

Weekend at Bernie's.

Lara (Lara), Thursday, 8 April 2004 22:46 (eighteen years ago) link

so overrated

oops (Oops), Thursday, 8 April 2004 22:47 (eighteen years ago) link

Night of the FUCKING Hunter and The Asphalt FUCKING Jungle.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Thursday, 8 April 2004 22:48 (eighteen years ago) link

The Killing is pretty noir in my book.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Thursday, 8 April 2004 22:48 (eighteen years ago) link

Night of the Fucking Hunter is noir?

oops (Oops), Thursday, 8 April 2004 22:49 (eighteen years ago) link

I'm gonna have to put my foot down and say no.

oops (Oops), Thursday, 8 April 2004 22:50 (eighteen years ago) link

I think of almost all of those great 50's Mitchem movies as noir (Out of the Past, Cape Fear, Thunder Road, etc. . .) but my definition of noir is pretty broad.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Thursday, 8 April 2004 22:52 (eighteen years ago) link

Also Touch of Evil (and Lady From Shanghai) is totally noir.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Thursday, 8 April 2004 22:57 (eighteen years ago) link

What about The Maltese Falcon ? Ca' maaaahn!

jazz odysseus, Thursday, 8 April 2004 23:00 (eighteen years ago) link

I love all the San Francisco noir (There was an AWESOME film fest at the Castro last year on local noir: Maltese Falcon, Dark Passage, Lady From Shanghai, Woman On The Run, Sudden Fear, Out Of The Past, Where Danger Lives, Thieves' Highway, Born To Kill, The House On Telegraph Hill, Nora Prentiss, The Woman On Pier 13, Shakedown, The Raging Tide, The Sniper, The Midnight Story, The Lineup and others) but my favorite remains Experiment In Terror, I can't recommend this movie to enough people.

gygax! (gygax!), Thursday, 8 April 2004 23:26 (eighteen years ago) link

was the "maltese falcon" the first noir?

J.D. (Justyn Dillingham), Thursday, 8 April 2004 23:36 (eighteen years ago) link

I think "The Thin Man" is considered to be the first noir? Anyway, two of my faves are Detour and Blast Of Silence - totally low budget but utterly amoral and extreme.
The Grifters is one of the best colour noir films, probably the only Jim Thompson adaptation I've seen that really worked.
Night And The City is the only noir film I've seen set in the UK, are there any more?

udu wudu (udu wudu), Thursday, 8 April 2004 23:43 (eighteen years ago) link

After Dark My Sweet would have been great if not for the atrocious presence of Rachel Ward.

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Thursday, 8 April 2004 23:51 (eighteen years ago) link

Night and the City is my favorite these days. I'm obsessed with Richard Widmark.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Thursday, 8 April 2004 23:57 (eighteen years ago) link

He's amazing. I saw the Criterion Pickup on South Street a couple of weeks ago. Great performance (pretty good film.)

Alex in SF (Alex in SF), Thursday, 8 April 2004 23:59 (eighteen years ago) link

This thread is well-timed since I'm going to see basically everything remaining at the American Cinematheque's Film Noir Festival that's going on at the Egyptian Theatre.

I especially recommend the Anthony Mann triple-threat of T-Men, Raw Deal, and He Walked By Night

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Friday, 9 April 2004 00:24 (eighteen years ago) link

i thought 'noir' had been discredited as a category

g--ff (gcannon), Friday, 9 April 2004 00:26 (eighteen years ago) link

I've seen Pickup on South Street a few times, a few weeks ago most recently, one of those films who's charms grow on you, and you like it more the more you think about it. I was underwhelmed the first time I saw it, perhaps expecting more intensity after seeing the Naked Kiss and Shock Corridor. The scene where the spy beats the girl is still one of the more brutal things on film...

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Friday, 9 April 2004 00:43 (eighteen years ago) link

"pepe le moko" (directed by julien dudivier,starring jean gabin,FR 1936)it's one of the greatest noir movie ever ,I suggest you guys to see it soon :) good easter:))

claudja, Friday, 9 April 2004 19:46 (eighteen years ago) link

Fritz Lang's "M" deserves a mention

fcussen (Burger), Friday, 9 April 2004 20:02 (eighteen years ago) link

"Side Street"!!!!! and if it counts as noir "Le Samurai"

metfigga (metfigga), Friday, 9 April 2004 20:41 (eighteen years ago) link

"M" is probably one of my favourite movies - I hadn't thought of it as a noir film. I've only seen the remake of "Night and the City", but really liked that, especially for the dialogue (which'll be totally different from the original) and Alan King. And the senselessness of "Father Time"'s heart attack.

jazz odysseus, Friday, 9 April 2004 20:45 (eighteen years ago) link

American - The Man with the Golden Arm

French - Bob le Flambeur
Band of Outsiders

webcrack (music=crack), Friday, 9 April 2004 20:58 (eighteen years ago) link

The Man with the Golden Arm is great. I love that the main character's name was "Frankie Machine" - i'll say this again - his real name was "Frankie Machine" - and he wanted to change it to "Jack Duvall" for a stage name.

jazz odysseus, Friday, 9 April 2004 21:02 (eighteen years ago) link

I have a think for french noir/gangster films...Touchez Pas au Grisbi, Rififi, Bob Le Flambour, Le Samurai, Le Cercle Rouge...there's a book on french noir I've been meaning to get, any recommendations, much appreciated. I've definately been meaning to check out Pepe le Moko.

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Friday, 9 April 2004 21:27 (eighteen years ago) link

If 'M' is considered noir, wouldn't it be the earliest?

oops (Oops), Saturday, 10 April 2004 06:34 (eighteen years ago) link

My faves are "Scarlet Street" (Lang); "In a Lonely Place"; and of course "Double Indemnity."

I think the first noir was "Stranger on the Third Floor," 1940, RKO.

eddie hurt (ddduncan), Saturday, 10 April 2004 17:59 (eighteen years ago) link

one month passes...
Double Indemnity it being re-released on DVD in August. Looks barebones, though, as my price is only $9.

miloauckerman (miloauckerman), Monday, 10 May 2004 02:37 (eighteen years ago) link

I think the low price is because you only get one indemnity.

jazz odysseus (jazz odysseus), Monday, 10 May 2004 02:44 (eighteen years ago) link

shut your yap, bo' or i squirt lead!

Dave Amos, Monday, 10 May 2004 07:59 (eighteen years ago) link

In a Lonely Place is such a monster.

Milm & Foovies (Eric H.), Tuesday, 7 December 2021 14:42 (one year ago) link

gloria graham is so good in in a lonely place that nobody ever talks about how good she is in a woman's secret

plax (ico), Tuesday, 7 December 2021 18:18 (one year ago) link

Bande a Parte (1964) one of my fave Godards, and despite the why-not dance sequence, which fits tonally, it's mostly "Hey, Asshole" and plot twists in the back and sideways.

dow, Tuesday, 7 December 2021 18:27 (one year ago) link

I don't think there's much in it that feels similar to Gun Crazy's vibe, but I highly encourage you to delve further into the works of Joseph H. Lewis if you haven't
― Daniel_Rf, Tuesday, 7 December 2021 10:57 (eight hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

I think the only other one by him I've seen is the big combo actually based on this thread. I have not come across these movies in most lists/overviews. Honestly those two are kindof how Fuller has been described to me but I found them both more convincing than anything by fuller.

plax (ico), Tuesday, 7 December 2021 19:14 (one year ago) link

House of Bamboo doesn't use Technicolor™ but it's a good one.

Didn't want to let this one pass without emphasizing that it's very, very good - one of my faves of Fuller.

Elvis Telecom, Tuesday, 14 December 2021 23:49 (one year ago) link

Yeah, House of Bamboo is great. Some amazing footage of Tokyo and Yokohama in it.

but also fuck you (unperson), Wednesday, 15 December 2021 00:30 (one year ago) link

Yeah, you can tell Fuller had the intelligence to actually look around himself and explore Japanese culture.

The yakuza jazz dance party is awesome.

Daniel_Rf, Wednesday, 15 December 2021 10:24 (one year ago) link

Watched Black Widow, which was enjoyable enough, but as with so many of the mid-range noirs, it has a good first half but only a so-so second half. The resolving of a mystery is never as good as the mystery itself, I guess.

Zelda Zonk, Sunday, 26 December 2021 11:35 (one year ago) link

"Try and Get Me" (aka "The Sound of Fury") mentioned above is an odd little film; not exactly noir, more crime melodrama with some preachy social-justice angles in the third act. Lloyd Bridges is insanely over-the-top as the bad guy. It drove me crazy trying to place where I had just seen the star, Frank Lovejoy, who plays a great everyman in over his head; he also played Brub in "In A Quiet Place" the same year. Currently on Criterion, but not part of the Fox Noir package.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Monday, 27 December 2021 17:53 (one year ago) link

I should add I liked it a lot, much of it is resonating with me the day after viewing. And if the central message of noir is, as noted above "you're fucked," then this movie is definitely noir.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Monday, 27 December 2021 22:25 (one year ago) link

a good first half but only a so-so second half.

yup, great starts are comparatively easy but wholly satisfying endings are very hard

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Monday, 27 December 2021 22:41 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

I watched Desert Fury last night, part of this month's Criterion Technicolor noir series. I'm not sure what makes this a noir at all, it seemed to me much more a sub-Douglas Sirk overwrought melodrama. It's plenty weird though, and interesting for sure.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 5 July 2022 16:08 (seven months ago) link

I'm no film noir maven, but I'll toss in another vote for Pickup on South Street. Widmark is damn near perfect in his role.

more difficult than I look (Aimless), Tuesday, 5 July 2022 17:01 (seven months ago) link

I am a huge fan of Ross MacDonald's Lew Archer books, but have never seen the two that were adapted into movies (Harper and The Drowning Pool).

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Tuesday, 5 July 2022 17:08 (seven months ago) link

If 'M' is considered noir, wouldn't it be the earliest?

― oops (Oops), Saturday, April 10, 2004 2:34 AM (eighteen years ago) bookmarkflaglink

People don't talk about proto-noir as much as I'd like. (Mind you, by "proto-noir" I mean certain deservedly obscure silent and pre-code films.) German expressionism, along with American crime/gangster films and French poetic realism, contributed to what people generally recognize as film noir.

If anyone here hasn't seen M (Lang, 1931), do so ASAP. Other proto-noir recommendations available on request.

Infanta Terrible (, Tuesday, 5 July 2022 19:09 (seven months ago) link

four weeks pass...
five months pass...

Received a blu-ray of Phantom Lady for Xmas and watched it for the second time tonight. Just a fantastic film. It’s pretty boilerplate for awhile, with the “wronged man convicted of killing his wife sent off to the gallows” aspect, which could have led in any number of less interesting directions, but choosing to follow Ella Raines as the framed guy’s lovelorn associate, and her tenacious and dangerous pursuit of the real culprit (who is hell-bent on silencing witnesses) is pretty great. She’s second-billed in this film but it’s a true star vehicle, and one of the great sequences in noir is when she turns up at a theater to flirt with and seduce and shortly thereafter drive absolutely crazy Elisha Cook Jr while attempting to get to the bottom of his part in the twisted story.

omar little, Friday, 6 January 2023 05:58 (four weeks ago) link

my kid announced he was kinda tired of watching MCU films and picked Kiss Me Deadly last night out of a few options. I think he loved it beyond being thoroughly mystified by Marian Carr as Carl Evello’s sister Friday, and her very strong immediate affection for Mike Hammer upon meeting him. (me: “that kind of thing doesn’t usually happen.”) Meeker is probably underrated as an actor who possesses a lot of charisma and presence, he’s quite a nasty force in this film and yet not entirely unsympathetic, despite his frequent use of brute force, bullying and slapping around half the people he meets, and despite being a callous meathead to the women around him (tho he is almost gentle with the women around him a lot of the time, and seems mainly motivated to avenge the death of a woman he barely knew.) The energy of the film is one of its primary drivers and the direction isn’t flashy but its perfect throughout in terms of framing and camera movements that don’t draw attention to themselves. It’s still almost heartbreaking to see all the scenes filmed in the Bunker Hill neighborhood of Los Angeles, and how it used to be.

side note — Maxine Cooper (who played Velda) was really something else:

Cooper married Sy Gomberg, a screenwriter and producer, in 1957.[1] She left the acting profession in the early 1960s in order to raise her family.[1]

Gomberg and her husband became active members of the Hollywood activist community. She helped to organize groups of actors, writers and studio executives to participate in marches with Martin Luther King Jr. in Montgomery, Alabama, during the 1960s.[1] Cooper also led campaigns against House Un-American Activities Committee's Hollywood blacklists.[3] She also spearheaded protests by those in the entertainment industry against nuclear weapons, the Vietnam War, and other causes.[1]

Gomberg briefly returned to her acting roots during the 1970s.[3] She made a cameo appearance as herself in the 1975 television series Fear on Trial, which starred George C. Scott as John Henry Faulk, a blacklisted 1950s television and radio host.[3]

Gomberg became a photographer during her later life. Her photographs were used to illustrate a book by Howard Fast entitled The Art of Zen Meditation. The Los Angeles Times referred to the book as "beautiful" in a 1977 book review when referring to her photographs.[1]

omar little, Sunday, 15 January 2023 19:37 (three weeks ago) link

watched THE GLASS KEY last night, and it’s a good one. You can really see a lot of Miller’s Crossing in this, but the shifting loyalties are less of a plot point, and the ending isn’t the same bittersweet one but rather a happy one. Brian Donlevy is really great as the powerful political boss who’s also a lovelorn rube a bit in over his head. Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake make quite a pair, lots of heat but it simmers throughout the film rather than getting consummated early. The plot is just really interesting for a noir, as one might expect since it’s based on the Hammett novel, and the nameless mid-size eastern city/right-hand man pulling the strings/possible femme fatale with a loser brother is really most of what the Coens borrowed for their own film. It fits a ton of plot into a runtime under 90 min. The direction is fairly boilerplate, and not very overtly stylish, but Stuart Heisler did a really fine job of giving the film a lot of real city life energy (tho it looks like it was all sets.)

omar little, Wednesday, 18 January 2023 18:18 (two weeks ago) link

the book itself is also very much where Millers Dialogue comes from. I dont' remember the movie well enough to remember how much it kept to that but all that language... I always remember lines like "see where the twist flops".

dan selzer, Wednesday, 18 January 2023 20:32 (two weeks ago) link

Saw the pretty good Dont Bother to Knock, which may not be too noir-y besides the fact it was introduced by eddie muller on TCM. We couldn't get out in front of the plot, which was a pretty good sign

Its big ball chunky time (Jimmy The Mod Awaits The Return Of His Beloved), Wednesday, 18 January 2023 20:36 (two weeks ago) link

watched THE GLASS KEY last night, and it’s a good one. You can really see a lot of Miller’s Crossing in this,

but is there a gay love triangle? asking for a friend

Pierre Delecto, Wednesday, 18 January 2023 20:38 (two weeks ago) link

my kid announced he was kinda tired of watching MCU films and picked Kiss Me Deadly last night out of a few options.

This sentence is like if Upworthy made headlines tailored to me.

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 19 January 2023 10:58 (two weeks ago) link

Can anyone remember a noir set in a small farming town, an ensemble piece, where Jack Palance plays a heavy? Maybe an Aldrich. Saw it at the Cinematheque about 15 years ago but can’t remember what it was called.

Does “Letter from an unknown woman” count, structurally at least, as a sort of noir? If so, then that. I’ll be damned if I can remember a sadder film.

Chuck_Tatum, Thursday, 19 January 2023 11:05 (two weeks ago) link

Sudden Fear?

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 19 January 2023 11:16 (two weeks ago) link

City Slickers?

Ward Fowler, Thursday, 19 January 2023 11:19 (two weeks ago) link


The Gate of Angels Laundromat (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 19 January 2023 12:10 (two weeks ago) link

Watched Phantom Lady last night, thanks to a recommendation upthread. A great noir, although like many it goes slightly off the boil once the mystery is revealed and you wait for things to play out. But Ella Raines is absolutely luminous in this, I wonder why she wasn't a bigger star. It's free on YouTube btw

Zelda Zonk, Thursday, 19 January 2023 22:11 (two weeks ago) link

That the one with the best drum solo in cinema history?

dan selzer, Thursday, 19 January 2023 23:49 (two weeks ago) link


Zelda Zonk, Friday, 20 January 2023 00:09 (two weeks ago) link

Elisha Cook Jr def one of the great character actors of the era

dan selzer, Friday, 20 January 2023 00:26 (two weeks ago) link

^that’s not going to be the famous Out of the Past parody “Out of Gas,” is it?

Cry for a Shadowgraph (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 January 2023 14:18 (two weeks ago) link

Oh wait, that’s Aubrey Plaza. From last night, I guess.

Cry for a Shadowgraph (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 January 2023 14:24 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, it's a sketch from last night.

I just checked, and the only thing on YouTube from Mitchum's episode that he actually appears in is his brief monologue.

in 1987, robert mitchum & jane greer reunited to star in an snl parody of their film out of the past (1947) called out of gas

— ana (@pelicinema) November 10, 2022

here is the rest of the sort of odd yet endearing skit

— ana (@pelicinema) November 10, 2022

Playback on the second part is acting up for me.

Same for me. First part was excellent though.

Cry for a Shadowgraph (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 January 2023 15:30 (two weeks ago) link

Only goes around fourteen seconds.

Cry for a Shadowgraph (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 January 2023 16:47 (two weeks ago) link

Mitchum looks like George Kennedy.

Malevolent Arugula (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 22 January 2023 16:48 (two weeks ago) link


Cry for a Shadowgraph (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 January 2023 16:48 (two weeks ago) link

Only goes around fourteen seconds.

Did it for me too, when it got unstuck the audio was completely out of synch.

It gets unstuck but then there's no audio at all after a certain point. I got the gag at least. Did you see the writer/director credit at the end?

Cry for a Shadowgraph (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 January 2023 19:08 (two weeks ago) link

Okay, now I heard the rest.

Cry for a Shadowgraph (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 January 2023 19:18 (two weeks ago) link

Yeah, it was made by his daughter, and I assume the kid was his grandson?

Irl grandson.


Cry for a Shadowgraph (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 January 2023 20:11 (two weeks ago) link

Makes total sense now.

Cry for a Shadowgraph (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 January 2023 20:11 (two weeks ago) link

Last time I remember discussing this was here: Robert Mitchum C/D, S/D

Cry for a Shadowgraph (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 22 January 2023 20:55 (two weeks ago) link

I managed to watch all of the "leaving soon" noir on Criterion, last two were The House on Telegraph Hill (more gothic melodrama than noir, with echoes of Rebecca, but fun nonetheless) and The Breaking Point (Michael Curtiz' reworking of To Have and Have Not) which Criterion calls "daylight noir," and which is wonderfully scripted, acted, and shot.

Three Rings for the Elven Bishop (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 31 January 2023 16:05 (five days ago) link

Mister, you’re a better man than I.

And Your Borad Can Zing (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 31 January 2023 16:12 (five days ago) link

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