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« Reply #1065 on: November 12, 2012, 03:42:37 AM »

And even those aren't all that.
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« Reply #1066 on: November 12, 2012, 06:29:25 AM »

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aren't you the one who gave Union Station "10/10 on locations alone"? Have you since come to your senses?  Wink

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« Reply #1067 on: November 12, 2012, 06:39:17 AM »

Wasn't that what they call "hyperbole"?

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« Reply #1068 on: November 12, 2012, 01:46:12 PM »


aren't you the one who gave Union Station "10/10 on locations alone"? Have you since come to your senses?  Wink
its still a 10/10 on locations alone 7/10 in the word of noir

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« Reply #1069 on: November 12, 2012, 09:24:52 PM »

its still a 10/10 on locations alone 7/10 in the word of noir

saying that eg. A) "the locations are a 10/10, but the movie overall is a 7/10"; is very different than saying B) "the movie gets a rating of 10/10, just because if its great locations"

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« Reply #1070 on: December 06, 2012, 07:52:59 AM »

Beaver finally gets around to this one: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film4/dvd_reviews_58/three_strangers.htm

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« Reply #1071 on: December 06, 2012, 11:27:29 AM »


Looks interesting  Afro

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« Reply #1072 on: December 27, 2012, 03:09:12 PM »

http://shop.tcm.com/glenn-ford-undercover-crimes-dvd/detail.php?p=434142&v=tcm_vault-collection

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« Reply #1073 on: December 31, 2012, 04:10:45 PM »

http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s4049dark.html

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« Reply #1074 on: December 31, 2012, 07:49:13 PM »


I like Phantom Lady the others not so much

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« Reply #1075 on: January 17, 2013, 12:44:40 AM »

TONIGHT -- Thursday night 1/17/13  -- is "Noir City" night with Eddie Muller on TCM http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/544373|0/Noir-City-with-Eddie-Muller-1-17.html

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« Reply #1076 on: January 17, 2013, 03:52:40 AM »

TONIGHT -- Thursday night 1/17/13  -- is "Noir City" night with Eddie Muller on TCM http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/544373|0/Noir-City-with-Eddie-Muller-1-17.html
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« Reply #1077 on: January 17, 2013, 04:23:43 AM »

I am not sure why the link isn't working; if you want read Muller's brief article and rundown on the 4 movies that will be showing, just go to the home page at tcm.com and the link will be on the left side of the page


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A NIGHT IN NOIR CITY
I was thrilled, of course, to be asked by the good folks at TCM to program and co-host a night of noir with the redoubtable Robert Osborne. My elation was tempered somewhat by the realization that I could only choose four films! Out of the literally hundreds of bold and brooding crime dramas I've screened and written about during the past fourteen years--only FOUR! A challenge, to say the least. In the end, I opted to make "A Night in Noir City" an extension of the "rescue, restoration and revival" work I do as head of the Film Noir Foundation, a grassroots non-profit that raises funds to protect and preserve at-risk exemplars of film noir--which I consider to be Hollywood's only truly organic artistic movement.

So rather than present familiar classics of the genre, like Double Indemnity (1944) or Out of the Past (1947), I went with more obscure, but in my opinion no less deserving, choices. It's my hope that prime-time exposure on TCM will shine a fresh light on these terrific, often overlooked, gems.

CRY DANGER (1951)
The Film Noir Foundation, along with our colleagues at the UCLA Film & Television Archive, recently restored this Dick Powell thriller. Powell had a special way with a wisecrack, and was also one of the most astute independent producers in the business. Cry Danger was his film all the way, and he showed off his savvy by hiring wondrous wiseacre Bill Bowers to pen the original screenplay, and giving Oscar«-winning editor Robert Parrish his first directing gig. Sure, noir is supposed to be dark and nihilistic, but a great cast spewing Bowers' dynamite dialogue proves it can be incredibly fun as well. I dedicate this showing to the late, great Nancy Mysel, who supervised the restoration of this film, a project we both savored.

99 RIVER STREET (1953)
I'm a huge fan of rugged and razor-sharp 1950's paperback crime fiction--and this is about as close as anyone ever came to hurling it onto the screen, unabashed and undiluted. John Payne is terrific as a bitter ex-boxer turned cabbie Ernie Driscoll, whose wayward wife leads him into all sorts of nefariousness in nocturnal New York. Director Phil Karlson perfected his slam-bang style right here; to me, this is his signature film. The highlight: Evelyn Keyes, typically cast as the good girl, turning up the heat in a pair of jaw-dropping set pieces.

TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY (1951)
When I first encountered this exceptional film more than a decade ago, I declared it "Gun Crazy [1950] scripted by John Steinbeck." A minor masterpiece in the filmography of the virtually forgotten Felix Feist, this is one of the best "love on the lam" tales in all noir. Steve Cochran--the Elvis of Noir--is perfect as a vulnerable ex-con who falls hard for bruised "taxi dancer" Ruth Roman (as a blonde! And never better!). Thwarted passions, a dank hotel room, a dirty cop--a gunshot! And suddenly our luckless lovers are fugitives fleeing cross-country. It's high time for this fantastic film to finally come out of hiding and get the recognition it deserves.

THE BREAKING POINT (1950)

Many cineastes point to 1950 as perhaps the finest year ever for American movies (Sunset Boulevard, All About Eve, In a Lonely Place, The Asphalt Jungle, and many more)--but this breathtaking adaptation of Hemingway's To Have and Have Not stands equally with all those classics. John Garfield gives the most personal and self-revelatory performance of his career as a fishing boat captain who gets in too deep when he bends the law to keep his business afloat. The film was shunned--by its own studio--because of Garfield's troubles with the House Un-American Activities Committee, and in the following years copyright entanglements with the Hemingway estate kept it from earning the reputation is deserves. Insightful script (by Ranald MacDougall), brilliant performances from the entire cast (no one can be singled out, they're all superb), and Michael Curtiz's most compelling direction--and yes, I'm not forgetting Casablanca (1942) and Robin Hood (1938) and Mildred Pierce (1945) and many others. The Breaking Point truly is that good.

by Eddie Muller

-Eddie Muller produces and hosts NOIR CITY: The San Francisco Film Noir Festival, the world's largest noir retrospective. As president of the Film Noir Foundation, he has been instrumental in "rescuing America's noir heritage," restoring and preserving such classics as The Prowler (1951) and Cry Danger (1951). In 2011 he presented a month-long series of rare noir at the Cinematheque Franšaise in Paris. He's provided commentary for more than two dozen DVDs. His novel, The Distance, earned the Best First Novel Award from the Private Eye Writers of America. Tab Hunter Confidential: The Making of a Movie Star, which he cowrote with the actor, was a 2007 national bestseller. He was a guest programmer and presenter at the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, and will be again in 2013.



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I like the fact that, as he says, he is introducing audiences to lesser-known titles, rather than showing the well-known classics like Double Indemnity and Out of the Past that every noir fan will have already seen.

Of the four that will be showing, I have only seen 99 River Street, and frankly, I didn't think it was all that good (As I recall, I gave it a 6.5/10 rating when I saw it).

I'll be setting my dvr
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p.s. we've created individual threads for every film noir, so the post viewing-discussion of a movie should in that movie's own thread; you can find 'em all in the Film Noir Index.

Happy viewing and blogging!




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« Reply #1078 on: January 17, 2013, 09:23:53 AM »

What thread should we use when doing comparisons? As in, "I like 99 River Street and Cry Danger, Tomorrow Is Another Day and The Breaking Point not so much."

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« Reply #1079 on: January 17, 2013, 10:13:18 PM »

Robert Osborne: "What's your favorite film noir movie?"

Muller: In a Lonely Place -- which a lot of people don't even consider to be film noir! -- but I just think that's an absolute masterpiece.

Osborne: Out of the Past is it for me.

Muller: Well that's definitive. I would say that's the definitive film noir, [though] not necessarily my favorite.

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