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Hard Eight (1996)
One of the most frustrating things with doing a film noir blog are experts coming out of all dark corners to tell me "that's not film noir." It got so infuriating I took a break from doing the blog.  To be clear, this is a film noir website but I'm not guar...
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On your blog, you mentioned people criticizing films as not being "noir' . It is easy for people to criticize but let them do all the hard work that you do, researching ,reviewing ,and illustrating your pieces. Don't let the naysayers influence you.
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Reign of Terror (aka The Black Book 1949)
“Anarchy, misery, murder, arson, fear. These are the weapons of dictatorship. The grab for power is on." That's France on July 26, 1794. And throw in torture, backstabbing intrigue, treachery, romance with a possible femme fatale, night, wry dialogue, a...
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Rage in Heaven (1941)
Producer David O. Selznick once said of Ingrid Bergman : “She had an extraordinary quality of purity and nobility and a definite star personality that is very rare.” We couldn’t agree more. One of the reasons I love classic film is the extensive number of “...
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Hell's Half Acre (1954)
Film noir boundaries extend beyond the continental US to Hawaii in  Hell's Half Acre , a noir entry seldom referenced but more than worthy of review. The film's atypical setting does nothing to defy the conventions of the genre, but rather confirms the adap...
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Lauren Bacall
No words this week.  I plan on watching To Have and Have Not , The Big Sleep and Key Largo in one long dark night.
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Agreed
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The Underworld Story (1950)
Nobody could deliver a line quite like Dan Duryea . My favorite comes in 1949’s Manhandled , when his slimy, gum-chewing private detective brags, “You’re not talking to a cluck Charlie. You’re talking to a guy who knows all the angles.” It wasn’t his wittie...
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Angel Heart (1987)
"Steam rolls up from the manholes suggesting Hell below.  A cat yowls (everyone remembers stories or films with cats as familiars)... The camera then tracks to a pile of garbage, where we see the corpse of a man lying in a pool of blood.  And throughout the...
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Dance With a Stranger (1985)
"This thing haunts and, so far as I may say it, disgusts me as something obscene," Raymond Chandler wrote. "I am not referring to the trial, of course, but to the medieval savagery of the law . . . I have been tormented for a week at the idea that a highly ...
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Forbidden (1949
Like fine wine and Guinness Stout, genre movies don’t always travel well. These would include a surprising number of cheapie British B-thrillers featuring - ironically - name Hollywood actors brought over to England in the 1940’s and ‘50’s to add box office...
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The Secret of Convict Lake (1951)
One of the joys of collecting and watching movies is that, from time to time, you chance upon a little neglected gem. Sure, there are the disappointments too but that’s more than balanced out by the buzz of seeing something previously unknown for the first ...
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The Blind Goddess (1948)
Derek Waterhouse ( Michael Denison ) learns from a friend (subsequently murdered) that his employer Lord Brasted ( Hugh Williams ) has been embezzling thousands of pounds intended for post-war relief efforts. He confronts Brasted who, while denying the alle...
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