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« Reply #510 on: April 14, 2010, 11:01:57 AM »

Expecially since I saw it dubbed this time too.
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« Reply #511 on: April 15, 2010, 02:28:47 PM »

The Naked Dawn (1955) The fascinating rogue, the unsatisfied wife and the hipocrite husband. You've seen it already but not staged on the mexican border, with Arthur Kennedy playing (convincingly: maybe because I saw the movie dubbed in spanish) a mexican. It's all so ridiculous and, like most of noires, boring. 5\10

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« Reply #512 on: April 23, 2010, 05:36:56 PM »

In the run-up to Columbia's second film noir box, the website has this bit of background on DP Burnett Guffey. Interesting reading : http://www.sonypictures.com/homevideo/columbiaclassics/blog/?offset=3

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« Reply #513 on: April 23, 2010, 05:43:00 PM »

Who decided that July was gonna be Noir Month? There's the Columbia box, Film Noir Vol. 5 from Warner's, and we'll also be getting these 3 titles from Olive Films: http://classicflix.blogspot.com/2010/04/dark-city-appointment-with-danger-part.html

I guess I'll be getting them all . . .

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« Reply #514 on: June 19, 2010, 05:24:29 PM »

The blog we've all been waiting for: http://fiftiescrimefilms.blogspot.com/

This guy's also got a blog for 60s crime films: http://sixtiescrimefilms.blogspot.com/

(Thanks, Cinema Retro, for the tip!)

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« Reply #515 on: June 26, 2010, 04:56:33 PM »

A somewhat disappointing review:
http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDReviews24/human_desire.htm

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« Reply #516 on: June 27, 2010, 06:57:58 PM »

The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

Good for TV standards, it will not disappoint you if you wanna kill an hour or so, just don't expect it to come anywhere near Rutger Hauer's 80s vehicle. They go in circles with the story and there's a bump on more than one place. Can't complain 'bout the actors.


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« Reply #517 on: June 28, 2010, 12:07:27 PM »

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film3/dvd_reviews51/film_noir_collection_vol2.htm

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« Reply #518 on: July 05, 2010, 01:23:59 PM »

Fury - 7/10 - Fritz Lang's first Hollywood film if I'm not mistaken. Although it's very well-made and has its share of powerful sequences, particularly the Brooke Hart-inspired lynching scene, I find the central conceit of the film pretty hard to swallow and that takes it down a notch. The loud speech-making and neon-light messages in the second half hurt it too, well-delivered though they generally are.

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« Reply #519 on: July 09, 2010, 01:04:48 AM »

Yeah! http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film3/dvd_reviews51/film_noir_classic_collection_vol._5.htm

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« Reply #520 on: July 14, 2010, 12:44:25 PM »

The Black Book (aka Reign of Terror) - 9/10 - A really dark and nasty noir set in Revolutionary France, directed by Anthony Mann. John Alton's cinematography is amazingly claustrophobic and nightmarish, and the movie has a real sense of danger and violence to the whole thing. Great cast too, especially Arnold Moss (?) as the slippery police chief. An overlooked gem.

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« Reply #521 on: July 14, 2010, 05:56:29 PM »

The Black Book (aka Reign of Terror) - 9/10 - A really dark and nasty noir set in Revolutionary France, directed by Anthony Mann. John Alton's cinematography is amazingly claustrophobic and nightmarish, and the movie has a real sense of danger and violence to the whole thing. Great cast too, especially Arnold Moss (?) as the slippery police chief. An overlooked gem.
I like the film too, but why call it a noir? Why not call every black and white film of the 40s a noir? The distinctiveness (and therefore usefulness) of this term is quickly evaporating.

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« Reply #522 on: July 14, 2010, 06:29:31 PM »

Why not? It was certainly filmed with the style (and worldview) of Mann's other late '40s films, which would surely qualify.

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« Reply #523 on: July 14, 2010, 09:47:31 PM »


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« Reply #524 on: July 15, 2010, 07:06:06 AM »

Don't shoot me, I haven't seen the film!

It has most of the conventions/cliches of noir: the photography of course, an amoral protagonist, a femme fatale, dirty cops, and so forth. It even has a few "car chases." It could just as easily have been set in the modern day.

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