Sergio Leone Web Board
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
October 22, 2017, 03:18:25 PM
Home Help Search Calendar Login Register
News:


+  Sergio Leone Web Board
|-+  Other/Miscellaneous
| |-+  Off-Topic Discussion (Moderators: cigar joe, moviesceleton, Dust Devil)
| | |-+  Brit Noir: The Dark Man (1951)
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic. « previous next »
Pages: [1] Go Down Print
Author Topic: Brit Noir: The Dark Man (1951)  (Read 99 times)
morrison-dylan-fan
Bandido
***
Offline Offline

Posts: 67


View Profile
« on: May 10, 2017, 05:02:37 PM »


Thanks to Jess,whose Brit Noir comments got me to check this rare movie out.

7

* This review may contain spoilers ***

After watching a trio of titles,I began talking to someone on a Fistful of Leone about British Film Noir,which led to me checking various lists. Catching a glimpse of her in the easy-going British Comedy Operation Bullshine,I realised that my dad had recently picked up a rare Barbara Murray Noir,which led to me meeting the dark man.

The plot:

Successfully killing his target and the cab driver,"The Dark Man" finds his identity to get uncovered,when actress Molly Lester drives pass as he kills the taxi driver. Suspecting that a double murder has taken place, Detective Inspector Viner starts searching for any clues to the suspect. Recognising Lester's face on a stage poster,Dark Man starts making plans for Lester's final performance.

View on the film:

Encouraging Lester to not focus on the "strange" events recently taking placing around her, Barbara Murray gives a charming,Diva- style performance as actress Carol Burns,whilst future Dr.Who William Hartnell gives the title a good dose of gruffness as a Superintendent. Lingering in the shadows, Maxwell Reed gives a menacing performance as The Dark Man,who pulls the raw nerves of Natasha Parry's fraught Lester.

Mostly keeping The Dark Man in long shadows,writer/director Jeffrey Dell & cinematographer Eric Cross undermine their attempt to create a mysterious mood by openly showing his face for the whole double murder. Shot on location along the south coast of England,Dell releases a superb,crisp Film Noir atmosphere,where the camera pans across an entire beach,and spots The Dark Man looking over Lester's shoulder. Shading corner of the sets in Film Noir low-lighting for The Dark Man to hide in,Dell cleverly uses real buildings at the location to give a depth of field to the Film Noir paranoia,with the lights from a lighthouse being cast across the sands and lining it in ultra-stylised black and white patterns,as The Dark Man loses his shadow.

Logged
Jessica Rabbit
Gunslinger
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 332


View Profile
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2017, 06:56:17 PM »

Moi? What did I say? I don't really remember.

Logged

Jessica Rabbit
"I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way."
Pages: [1] Go Up Print 
« previous next »
Jump to:  



Visit FISTFUL-OF-LEONE.COM

Powered by SMF 1.1.21 | SMF © 2015, Simple Machines
Page created in 0.044 seconds with 18 queries.