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Aug. 20th, 2015

Diana Dors Yield

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film noir articles at the BFI site

Some links to interesting online articles on film noir at the BFI site.

Firstly an article on Robert Siodmak, one of my favourite noir directors. And it mentions a Siodmak movie I've never seen but now perhaps I should see - Christmas Holiday. Gene Kelly as a psychotic mommy’s boy stalking Deanna Durbin? Sounds interesting at least. Has anyone see this one?

Then What Makes a Film Noir?

Thirdly there's 10 great New York noirs.

May. 19th, 2015

PreCode

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music as key plot element in film noir

We’ve discussed film noir in which paintings play a crucial role. But what about music? There must be examples of film noir in which music provides a vital plot element.

Anyone have any examples?
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May. 15th, 2015

NxNW

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art and artists in film noir

Laura is the most famous film noir in which a painting plays a key role but there are others. There’s the noirish British mystery thriller Portrait of Alison, and of course there’s Scarlet Street.

Are there any other notable entries in the film noir cycle (or at least movies with some noir claims) in which art or artists play a crucial role?
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Apr. 27th, 2015

Diana Dors Yield

dfordoom

City of Fear (1959)

While Columbia’s 1959 production City of Fear is included in the Columbia Film Noir Classics II DVD boxed set and while it does certainly have affinities with film noir it really belongs to another characteristic 1950s movie, the “terror in the streets” paranoia movie.

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Apr. 6th, 2015

This Gun For Hire

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Murder Without Crime (1950)

Murder Without Crime, released in 1950, was J. Lee Thompson’s first directing assignment. He wrote the screenplay as well, based on his own stage play, and it’s a top-notch little British B noir.

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Mar. 4th, 2015

Diana Dors Yield

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The Fearmakers (1958)

Jacques Tourneur first attracted attention as a director as part of Val Lewton horror B-movie unit at RKO in the 40s, helming such classics of subtle horror as Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie and The Leopard Man before moving on to direct one of the greats of film noir, Out of the Past. His later movies don’t get so much attention, apart from Curse of the Demon (generally recognised as one of the finest horror films ever made). This is a little unfair. His 1957 film noir Nightfall is quite superb. His 1958 film The Fearmakers seems to have fallen through the cracks altogether and that’s a great pity.

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Feb. 23rd, 2015

PreCode

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Cry Danger (1951)

Cry Danger is an effectively low-key film noir that works rather well without making too much fuss about it.

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Feb. 8th, 2015

This Gun For Hire

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Singapore (1947)

While Singapore aims for the same sort of feel, and the makers of the film were clearly hoping to emulate the success of Casablanca, this is not by any means a retread of the Bogart-Bergman classic. Singapore stands up perfectly well on its own.

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Jan. 15th, 2015

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Dublin Nightmare (1958)

Dublin Nightmare is another of the four neglected low-budget British noirs that comprise Strawberry Media’s excellent Great British Movies: Film Noir - Volume 2 DVD boxed set.

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Dec. 20th, 2014

PreCode

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Mirage (1965)

Mirage is a 1965 suspense thriller directed by Edward Dmytryk. Although in fact the exact genre to which this film should be assigned remains uncertain for much of its running time. It’s part psychological thriller and part crime thriller with suggestions that it might at any moment veer off in the direction of the espionage thriller, the techno-thriller or even science fiction.

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