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1  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: La Bete Humaine (1938), remade as Human Desire (1954) on: Yesterday at 09:21:00 PM
Just watched La Bęte Humaine again tonight, the two films are quite different.


The murder of Grandmorin the railroad executive occurs practically at the beginning of the film, it happens soon after Roubaud, who sent Séverine, his wife, to ask Grandmorin to smooth things over with the complaining customer, finds out that she was his mistress beginning at the age of sixteen. After the murder Séverine tells Roubard that she does not love him anymore, but Roubard is now a changed man, he doesn't seem care anymore what Séverine does, and spends his nights gambling.

Jacques Lantier, the engineer is indeed a bit of a nut case, he loves his engine, I guess it's always there for him. The times he gets involved with women the family "sickness" unpredictably takes over, or maybe it's an instinctive reaction to women in general (just kidding).

When Jacques meets Séverine it is in the corridor just after Roubard has killed Grandmorin. She goes to talk with Jacques who becomes smitten with her, and later at the inquiry, tells the cops that he saw no one on the corridor. One thing leads to another and they eventually become lovers and Séverine tells him that she won't be free of Roubard until he's dead. The film is a bit unclear (at least to me and from reading the subtitles) whether Séverine has been cheating on Roubard all along, there is one sequence where a man comes to the door bringing lace from "his wife" for Séverine, which gets Roubard all bent out of shape, then later at the railroad ball this same man is dancing with Séverine. So is she or isn't she?

Jacques makes the first attempt to kill Roubard with a lead pipe but finds that he can't do it. Séverine tells him that she can't go on as they are and that it is over.

At a railroad ball Jacques is watching Séverine dance with another man. Out of jealousy Jacques rekindles the romance with Séverine and tells her that he will kill Roubard this time, tonight. He and Séverine go back to her apartment and wait for Roubard. Jacques with Roubard's own gun with kill him and make it look like a suicide but just as they prepare for Roubard to walk in the door (it turns out to be a neighbor) the tension triggers Jacques' sickness to return and he in turn attacks Séverine first by choking her, and then stabbing her with a knife. The sequence is intercut with shots of a crooner at the ball singing about this  coquettish Ninette and shots of the lifeless body off Severine.

Distraught Jacques walks the tracks all night, getting back to work with two minutes to spare. He tells his best friend, the fireman of the locomotive what he did. Later at top speed going down the tracks he jumps off the engine breaking his neck.
2  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: Yesterday at 04:04:06 PM
stanton on January 20, 2017, 12:40:53 PM
Nocturnal Animals - Tom (not John) Ford
Visually and thematically rich film. 8,5/10

Noodles leone
I just saw it. Quite interesting.

Gee thanks for telling us so much about it.  How about some more info from the both of you?
3  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: In a Lonely Place (1950) on: Yesterday at 10:05:59 AM
like the insert dj Afro
4  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: In Memoriam on: Yesterday at 10:03:45 AM
Jake laMotta Born: July 10, 1921, The Bronx, New York City, NY, Died: September 19, 2017 R.I.P.
5  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Crooked Way (1949) The Most Graphic Noir on: Yesterday at 09:11:28 AM
Thanks  for that. I have an old taped copy of it which is pretty crappy. I found the movie to be so so, but I guess I just need to see a restored version.

Well, I give an extra point for the visuals, so keep that in mind, also Ellen Drew is not as effective as the majority of the film noir actresses we know, she's sort of on par with Joan Dixon adequate but not a strong presence.
6  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: Yesterday at 08:16:02 AM
Uncle John (2016) Director: Steven Piet, stars John Ashton, Alex Moffat, Jenna Lyng, story about revenge and intrigue in rural Wisconsin, that part about the geezers up in the sticks was interesting, but the second story is a love story inserted into the other with really no point except to play to a younger demographic, I couldn't wait for those cutaway sequences to get over they are a distraction to the original tale, but the tale runs out of steam and it's last shot is of John burning the body of the brother of the man who drove his wife to suicide, while the awsucks hometown sheriff shows up at his bonfire. You'd thing the burning body would have given off some type of aroma, no? On Netflix streaming.
7  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Twisted (2004) on: Yesterday at 05:55:05 AM
Thanks I'll Avoid it.  Afro
8  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Film-Noir Discussion/DVD Review Thread on: Yesterday at 05:52:09 AM
Repost this as it own thread Spike, and I'll link it to the Noir Index.  Afro
9  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: Yesterday at 05:50:28 AM
The Crooked Way (1949)  re-watched to fix screencaps from original post and to update review. 9/10
10  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: The Crooked Way (1949) on: Yesterday at 05:47:43 AM

This Film is a gem. Alton's cinematography is extremely dark and claustrophobic and fits the subject matter well, a feast for Noir eyes with a nice juxtaposition of studio set & seedy location shots that make a fine example of the noir aesthetic. The large and varied cast actually enhances the amnesia angle to the story since minor character actors flicker for a few moments of screen time out of the shadows and then are gone, and just like Eddie, you don't  know whether they are a part of Eddie's past life or not.

Noirsville Alton's stylistic cinematography

Vince Alexander (Sonny Tufts)

Petey (Percy Helton)

Hotel owner (Esther Howard)

Petey and his cat

A Western Swing Bar

Like a lit stick of dynamite mad dog (Sonny Tufts)

Payne plays a convincing amnesia victim, Drew is good as his ex wife, but Sonny Tufts as the mob boss is excellent, he is very convincing as an unhinged, wild eyed, mad dog, barely in control when angered, hood. He should have been in more Film Noir, his performance here is both impressive and very memorable. He spits, snarls, and I wouldn't be surprised if he bit, actually after checking his bio, he does bite. "In 1949 he had been found drunk on a Hollywood sidewalk. In 1950 he was sued by two women for allegedly biting each of them in the thigh." (IMDb mini bio)

This film may also have the distinction of being one of the only Film Noir to feature some Western Swing its diegetic soundtrack.

The screencaps are from the Geneon DVD, it's cheap, adequate but featureless, still a personal 9/10 for me.
11  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: September 19, 2017, 04:14:25 PM
You mean if they'd made it a noir?

We'll it was a pretty noir type story, but what I mean more, is that it was like a basic outline of a film more like a sketch/storyboard rather than a full blown film. It could have looked more interesting, as is it's pretty vanilla
12  Films of Sergio Leone / Once Upon A Time In The West / Re: Harmonica, Hero or Anti Hero? on: September 19, 2017, 03:17:55 PM
13  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Rate The Last Movie You Saw on: September 19, 2017, 12:46:13 PM
Vivre sa vie (1962) interesting but could have been much better 6/10
14  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Li'l Duce's Reviews Palace on: September 19, 2017, 12:45:10 PM
Vivre sa vie (1962) This has got to do with prostitution as much as Inside Llewyn Davis with music. A pity because at the start it seemed that Godard wanted to make a movie. The story it's interesting until the girl gets herself a pimp: from the on it's all a waste of time. Michel Legrand signed probably his worst OST. I give it 6/10 because of the exteriors of Paris.  

Saw this last night agree a 6/10
15  Other/Miscellaneous / Off-Topic Discussion / Re: "Five Fingers for Marseilles" - Michael Matthews (2017) on: September 18, 2017, 03:50:00 PM
Surprised no-one has mentioned this yet:

Will Have to check it out
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