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Directed by Jacques Tourneur, written by Stirling Silliphant based on a David Goodis novel. The film stars  Aldo Ray, Anne Bancroft, Brian Keith.

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cigar joe - January 05, 2011
Been plowing through Columbia Pictures Film Noir Classics II the last week. So far have viewed Human Desire, Pushover, and tonight "Nightfall"

Nightfall (1957) Directed by Jacques Tourneur from a script by Stirling Silliphant with Aldo Ray, Brian Keith, Anne Bancroft, Jocelyn Brando, James Gregory and Rudy Bond as a pretty good Psycho. Filled with flashbacks. Keith & Bond rob a bank and drive off the road in the high country of Wyoming. Ray & his doctor buddy are on a camping trip and witness the crash.

Their involvement with it triggers the whole tale into which the film drops us blindly without a setup just as it is unwinding in real time so that things are not quite what they seem. An insurance investigator James Gregory following/staking out Ray provides us with clues as he discusses the case with his wife and the flashbacks from Ray's POV to Bancroft and Gregory flesh out story in parcels.

But the real treat in this film is the quite stylistically high contrasting cinematography, especially at the confrontation at the oil well pump, there are some nice location street shots that blend well into the studio city sets, great stuff reminiscent of the graphic novel & film Sin City, though tame in comparison. One also gets the vibe of  the Cohen Brothers film  "Fargo" in the Wyoming set sections.

Bank robbers Brian Kieth and Rudy Bond steal all the scenes they are in. Anne Bancroft has a nice role as a faux femme fatale, and Aldo Ray is believable in his poor schlub caught in the middle of it role.

So far this is the most entertaining Noir of the set. 8/10

http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=7645.msg140616#msg140616

dave jenkins - July 15, 2010
Nightfall (1957) - 8/10. Aldo Ray is on the run from the cops (they think he bumped off his camping buddy), but there are also a couple of goons (Brian Keith and a sadistic Rudy Bond) who want to get to him first and ask the question: what happened to the missing $350,000? Enter Anne Bancroft as a faux femme fatale and a pre-Barney Miller James Gregory as a sympathetic insurance investigator. Add stunning b&w widescreen photography of LA and Wyoming (courtesy of Burnett Guffey), and impeccable direction by Jacques Tourneur, and you get a 78 minute cheapie that's better than most A pictures of the period. Tourneur adds further interest by building in a tripartite flashback structure, and establishes synchronicity between the hero and the insurance investigator through the use of some very inventive match cuts.

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Eddie Muller's intro https://youtu.be/tvKpL9WFyKw

Eddie Muller's outro https://youtu.be/U8hVT70JelI


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