Posts Tagged ‘film noir’

Dead Reckoning publicity still, 1947

November 17, 2010

Humphrey Bogart

Old Hollywood

 

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This Gun For Hire publicity photo, 1942

November 4, 2010

Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake

old projection room

Out Of The Past publicity still, 1947

August 12, 2010

Robert Mitchum.

Dark City

Laura publicity still, 1944

July 28, 2010

Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney.

from Dark City

Peter Lorre publicity photo

June 30, 2010

date unknown.

source: Dr. Macro

Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)

February 11, 2010

Ralph Nelson, director; written by Rod Serling; Arthur J. Ornitz, director of photography. With Jackie Gleason, Anthony Quinn, Mickey Rooney and Julie Harris.

A noir gem from the golden age of New York cinema.

The Narrow Margin publicity still, 1952

January 12, 2010

With Charles McGraw and Marie Windsor.

20 Shots: Scandal Sheet (1952)

November 17, 2009

Directed by Phil Karlson from a story by Samuel Fuller. With Broderick Crawford, John Derek and Donna Reed. Cinematography by Burnett Guffey.

Cruel Gun Story (1964)

November 3, 2009

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Cruel Gun Story (part of the marvelous Nikkatsu Noir set from Eclipse) is a pitch dark heist caper that builds to crescendos of violence that rival the nonstop mayhem of Dashiell Hammett’s demented, apocalyptic story Nightmare Town. Joe Shishido is the hard as nails ringleader of a group of misfits who commandeer a truck full of racetrack money. It seems to be a foolproof plan to get rich but things of course go terribly wrong …

Sunset Boulevard

November 12, 2008

I managed to remain immune to Sunset Boulevard‘s charms for a long time, but a recent viewing on TCM has brought me around full circle. Gloria Swanson’s portrayal of Norma Desmond is way more nuanced than I remembered: she hits the melodramatic high notes of the silent era queen, but also provides very subtle comedy and poignancy throughout the film. Absolutely perfect casting, as is William Holden as the cynical fly caught in the spider’s web.

The ahead-of-its-time dark humor runs deep in this great film. It stands outside categorization: “Noir/crime/black comedy/tragedy/Hollywood insider story” doesn’t do it justice. (For further appreciation check out Kim Morgan on 11 Hollywood Closeups and 8 New Year’s Eve Movies, the Self-Styled Siren on Billy Wilder, and Sheila O’Malley on Gloria Swanson.)