Tag Archives: Film Noir

Movie Posters: “The Reckless Moment”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: One of the great female-centered noirs, Max Ophuls’ “The Reckless Moment,” first released in 1949, has been ill-treated by whatever multinational entertainment conglomerate owns its video rights. Some 20 years after the dawn of modern video … Continue reading

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Notes on “Cry Danger”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: “Cry Danger,” the first film directed by Robert Parrish, may come closer to the wry, frugal tone of Dashiell Hammett than even Huston’s adaptation of “The Maltese Falcon,” which leans rather heavily — and quite successfully … Continue reading

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“Woman on the Run”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: This 1950 noir, directed by Norman Foster, and written by Foster and Alan Campbell, from a story by Sylvia Tate, is intriguing for the way in which it uses its thriller premise to mine the complexities … Continue reading

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Depth of Field in “Kiss Me Deadly”

Blowhard, Esq. writes: A while back I watched KISS ME DEADLY and was struck by the excellent composition by director Robert Aldrich and cameraman Ernest Lazlo, in particular the way they were able to draw your eye through the frame. Check … Continue reading

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Seduction in 60 Seconds

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Frank (John Garfield), an affable drifter, ambles into a lunchroom on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Surrounded by fragrant orange groves, the place is quiet and isolated. There’s a “Man Wanted” sign outside, so he approaches the owner, … Continue reading

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Movie Poster Du Jour: “Blast of Silence”

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“Born to Kill” (1947)

Blowhard, Esq. writes: I loved this wicked noir, one of Robert Wise‘s early directorial efforts. I won’t bother trying to summarize the plot other than to say amorality, rage, and murder abound as Claire Trevor‘s scheming San Francisco socialite and Lawrence … Continue reading

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Nothin’ Beats a Noir Dame: Hazel Brooks in “Sleep, My Love”

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Considered a failure by director Douglas Sirk, SLEEP, MY LOVE is a decent enough noir for fans of the genre. The film concerns a brittle New York blueblood, played by Claudette Colbert, who is being gaslighted by her … Continue reading

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Movie Still Du Jour

Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, and Clifton Webb in Otto Preminger’s LAURA (1944). I was reminded of this shot while browsing The Noir Style by Alain Silver and James Ursini. Click on the image to enlarge. 

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Naked Lady of the Week: Dita Von Teese

Blowhard, Esq. writes: As this post alluded to, I recently saw the documentary BETTIE PAGE REVEALS ALL, so I’ve been in a pin-up mood recently. (OK, so I’m always in a pin-up mood.) The documentary made me appreciate how, in this … Continue reading

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