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a sit down with noir classics

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The collective sigh of relief heaved on V-J Day ought to have inspired Hollywood to release a flood of “happily ever after” films. But some victors didn’t feel too good about their spoils. They’d seen too much by then. Too much warfare, too much poverty, too much greed, all in the service of rapacious progress. A bundle of unfinished business lingered from the Depression and nagging questions about ingrained venality, mean human nature, and the way unchecked urban growth threw society dangerously out of whack. Writers and directors responded by delivering gritty, bitter dramas that slapped our romantic illusions in the face and put the boot to the throat of the smug bourgeoisie. Still, plenty of us took it and liked it. Thus noir and those dangerous dame came into being. I am gonna talk about many great noir classics that remain timeless

Murder, My Sweet (1944) review

This 1944 adaptation Based on the novel Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler, Edward Dmytryk’s film adaptation Murder, My Sweet is one of the essential works in the genre of film noir. The film stars one of Chandler’s most famous characters: private detective Philip Marlowe (Dick Powell) has been arrested and explains his story to the police in a flashback. Dick Powell plays Philip Marlowe in such a way that brings out all the raw charm of this hardboiled dick as he played it lightly but really charming making this role shine.

Anne Shirley plays an amazing role in farewell my lovely as she plays her last screen role we see her at her best as her acting is top notch. Murder, My Sweet is one of those very night owl noir classics. The flim  is atmospheric and looks great with wonderful direction and cinematography with very wonderful acting makes murder my sweet stand among classics as its truly one classic noir classic you should see today.

There was Siodmax’ “The Killers” in 1946! There was Huston’s “The Asphalt Jungle” in 1950 and in between was RKO’s OUT OF THE PAST in 1947. Together these three films represent the very best film noirs that ever was to come out of Hollywood or ever would again.

Kathie Moffat is the greatest of all femmes fatales, because she’s the least caricatured. She’s not a scheming black widow, just a totally selfish, cowardly woman who feels no remorse for anything she does, and who happens to be beautiful and alluring enough that we can believe any man, even a smart and tough one, would fall for her. Jeff and Kathie’s romance is genuinely rhapsodic, nothing like the usual mating of temptress and chump; they’re both so sexy and smart and wised-up, always getting the joke together. The disillusionment wouldn’t be so compelling if the illusion weren’t so lovely. When Kathie shoots Jeff’s partner, Mitchum—in a reaction shot lasting all of two seconds shows Jeff realizing, and instantaneously coming to terms with, the fact that the best thing that ever happened to him is also the worst thing that ever happened to him. He looks simultaneously shocked to the core, and as though he’d expected it all along. Performances are superb throughout. Here the dozy eyed Mitchum – in his first starring role – solidifies his playing of the private eye. But he also shows he could cut a wholly acceptable romantic lead helped along by his mellifluous and soft voiced atmospheric narration. One scene in particular is very effective where he is waiting for her on the beach at night and when she arrives Mitchum’s voice is heard gently on the soundtrack ….”Then she’d come along…..just like school was out and everything else was just a stone by the sea”. The wonderful Jane Greer is the quintessential femme fatale. Her gentle saintly beauty belying her treacherous, underhanded and calculating evil. And a young Kirk Douglas – here just feeling his way in movies – is fine as the courtly but odious villain. Adding greatly to the whole thing is the marvellous score by RKO resident composer Roy Webb which features a memorable and lingering main cue that becomes a tender love theme for the love scenes and is transformed into an exciting big band jazz number for the black nightclub sequence.OUT OF THE PAST is the archetypal film noir! An outstanding document of what Hollywood could achieve in their golden past as its cast is just wonderful,great story,wonderful direction,everything is top grade in every way,it’s a classic that you should watch anytime

The Maltese Falcon Review 

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In this noir classic, detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) gets more than he bargained for when he takes a case brought to him by a beautiful but secretive woman (Mary Astor). As soon as Miss Wonderly shows up, trouble follows as Sam’s partner is murdered and Sam is accosted by a man (Peter Lorre) demanding he locate a valuable statuette. Sam, entangled in a dangerous web of crime and intrigue, soon realizes he must find the one thing they all seem to want: the bejeweled Maltese falcon.(goggle plot)

The Maltese Falcon’ is the granddaddy of the modern detective movie as its the debut of John Huston as a flim director along with it made Humphrey Bogart a star as its based upon a Dashiell Hammett’s novel as this movie is a groundbreaking crime drama.

Samuel Spade played by Humphrey Bogart is what we call the classic detective of noir as he truly crafts out a wonderful role as he brought to life on the screen a new type of hardboiled detective who was destined to become the template for a whole succession of others who would appear in numerous films noirs particularly in the 1940s and 1950s.Peter Lorre’s Joel Cairo was a resolute picture of classic villainy as truly nails home such a wonderfully crafted out role. He plays the role with such a cool charm and wit that brings to life a Dashiell Hammett character in a way that really does bring out such a collective charm as he does such a wonderful role. Mary Astor truly is wonderful in her role as Brigid O’Shaughnessy is a striking picture of feminine deceit and betrayal. She is a confirmed liar whom can be just as deadly as she is beautiful as she can make love to Bogart’s character one mine then almost kill him the next. Her performance is surely one of the screens finest ever crafted as she really brings home this complex dame to the screen.

The screenplay by John Huston wonderfully crafts out a wonderful screenplay as its one of the finest noir classics all time. The plot of this movie takes the novel of the same name to screen with impressively written dialog and dark humor that is delivers wonderful acting of this sharp screenplay. The direction of this movie is wonderful for a debut of a director with wonderful cinematography. The The film’s high contrast B&W lighting renders an effective noir look and feel that would be copied for ages to come. This the prime directive classic that set the bar for noir to come.

The characters are complex. The acting is just wonderful. The screenplay brings novel to screen with perfection. The direction truly is outstanding. The cinematography is wonderful. The dialogue is wonderfully crafted out for each scene. This is a classic that takes a classic novel bringing it to screen with such charm that it makes it one of the finest book to movies ever crafted out on the screen. This is a classic movie that you should watch today.

I Wake Up Screaming review 

Victor Mature, Betty Grable, and Carole Landis had all been in movies together in various combinations, but I WAKE UP SCREAMING (IWUS) was the first film noir all three of them starred in. Maybe that’s why This movie feels so fresh and different. The movie starts out more like my fair lady then most noirs it feels like a change for noirs.  Betty Grable in her frist dramatic role which is one great role for her to play as she really gives such an amazing performance as an actress in this movie. Carol Landis is truly amazing in this movie in her outstanding role. Victor Mature gives us one great performance as an actor. This noir classic is early in the noir cycle as it uses many ideas of shadow and light to great effect. This movie will keep surprising you with many twists and turns. The supporting cast which includes Allyn Joslyn and Alan Mowbray among many others all give us such wond

Fallen angel review

Otto Preminger directs this noir classic. Fallen angel is another gem form this wonderful noir director which ended up on cropping room floor by critics at the time. It’s quite sad as . Alice Faye gives us her finest role on the screen.  Dana Andrews, with all his unique ambiguity and minimalism, turns in one of his finest performances ever; just a hint of his outstanding performance. Charles Bickford is superb in his role. It’s such a joy as this movie has a excellent cast and cinematography as this movie is a treat to watch from start to finish. It’s simply a gem you should see today.

Born to kill review

Born To Kill is truly a work of art in movies. Its simply one of those wonderful noir classics that one should watch today. There are so many elements that make this film memorable form  Lawrence Tierney as Sam, the amoral killer is one of the few truly scary villains as he truly is one of the worst villains ever on the screen.  Claire Trevor is a subtitle actress giving us another amazing performance as Helen a woman trapped in what she can’t have and a desire for Sam,its truly one amazing performance as another ruthless dame. Elisha Cook, Jr is truly wonderful in his role. Born to kill is a gem one should watch today.

The Postman Always Rings Twice review

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Lana Turner and John Garfield generate sparks in this excellent crime thriller that is one of my favorite classic noir gems all time. I did not expect any noir classic to be along the lines of any other noir classic all time. The original book published in 1934 by James M. Cain (author of “Double Indemnity”) was a gritty unsentimental story of a low-class drifter and bum, Frank, who is taken in by a German immigrant, Nick, who owns a roadside café and his beautiful wife, Cora, who turns out to be much darker on the inside than the facade of her pure white skin. Cora, we learn, is dissatisfied with her life married to this older immigrant and the drifter becomes her catalyst to change her situation. This book really lightly works the book into a noir classic.

 Lana Turner plays Cora Smith, a restless young waitress married to a much-older man who runs the roadside diner as she is restless and not in love in ages to him as she meets a younger man that sparks her interest. She plays quite a wonderful role in this movie as she truly shines as Cora Smith as she truly shines in the role.  She plays out this role to a level of craft that she delivers one of her truly finest roles all time. 

John Garfield plays out one of his finest roles on the screen. as Frank Chambers, a drifter who turns up at the diner and is captivated by Cora. This is his finest hour of acting on the screen.

Cecil Kellaway is great as Cora’s naive husband Nick, whose main concern is the diner. He truly nails home a fine home as this naive husband in The post always rings ring. It’s his level of craft and skill as an actor that he delivers one truly fine performance. Hume Cronyn nails home a fine performance as Arthur Keats. Leon Ames as Kyle Sackett giving out a fine performance. Everyone gives such fine performances in this movie even the supporting cast of talents delivering home some of the finest acting on the screen. 

The movie works very well under its own terms, particularly because of the outstanding chemistry between the leads John Garfield and Lana Turner. This plays up the unrealized sexuality. Lana Turner is quite the femme fatale. It’s her way of playing Cora which really lights up the screen. 

Tay Garnett’s Direction and craft really crafts out this noir classic that is really light noir compared to many other noirs but he crafts out such a wonderfully crafted gem of A movie. A screenplay by Harry Ruskin and Niven Busch which really touches upon the  novel by James M. Cain which they craft out this movie. This movie is considered a big breakthrough for censorship.

Costume designer irene lentz was tasked with fulfilling the director’s vision, created a series of simple yet effective costumes as such she crafts out such great costumes. These outfits work perfectly to make Lana Turner turn heads and catch you by storm. Cinematography by Sidney Wagner is really wonderful as ever. It’s such effective tones in the movie that brings the screenplay and direction and acting to life on the screen. 

Adapted from a novel by James M. Cain (who also wrote Double Indemnity and Mildred Pierce), Postman is often heralded as a breakthrough in the battle against screen censorship. MGM secured the rights to the novel in 1934. Lana Turner and John Garfield and Cecil Kellaway and others in the cast all shine together to bring to life this wonderful movie to the screen with such great direction and Cinematography and Costume design. The Postman Always Rings Twice ring is a noir gem that you can watch anytime and love greatly it is surely a treat to watch this gem of a movie. So watch this outstanding classic today.

Today i talked about many diffrent noir classics that remain timeless that you should see today. Noir is one of the best to watch as always. You should watch these noir classics and many others that are considered the best. I hope you enjoyed this talk today on noirs classics.

 

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Deception

Deception Review

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bette-blogathon-5Today I talk about Bette Davis my favorite legend of all time and favorite actress all time as she remains the queen of acting in my eyes.I review Deception in honor of her upcoming birthday and the THE SECOND ANNUAL BETTE DAVIS BLOGATHON hosted by my dear friend Crystal Kalyana Pacey whom hosts this wonderful event and also runs the site in the good days of classic Hollywood.  I thank her kindly for hosting this wonderful event giving me a chance to review this wonderful classic gem in honor of the greatest legend of all time in my eyes.

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Irving Rapper’s Deception reunited the three stars of Now Voyager together in this noir classic gem as they all shine together equally in this movie.  Deception”was based on a play which opens up this classic story in an unexpected way.  Bette Davis  plays Christine Radcliffe  whom believes that her fiance was killed on the battlefield when he returns, they decide to marry, but are threatened by a wealthy, egotistical composer the piano teacher started dating on the rebound after she became convinced her love.(.imdb plot bits mixed into it)  Bette davis really shines in this role as she plays  Christine Radcliffe like a tight glove as she is fast talking with the passion in her heart for the man she loves. She gives us one of her fine performances that truly shows how amazing this woman can be to melt into a caracter as you feel each mood is truly raw and real. Its a truly amazing performance by her.  Claude Rains plays the egotistical composer who is afraid to lose his own creation in a very remarkable performance. Paul Henried gives an amazing performance as karel the European cellist madly in love with Christine who thought he lost his love forever as he plays it so very well. Its a well acted classic with very great performance by its cast. Irving Rapper’s direction is very good and gives us a very good classic. Ernest Haller’s cinematography enhances all we see on the screen as each performance and shot is captured so greatly by one of the greatest of the era. Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s music is probably the film’s chief asset and it probably sounded superb over the monophonic sound systems when this film was released as this soundtrack is one of the finest of its time. Deception is end of an era for Bette Davis of her Warner Brothers films as she would later return in all about eve. Deception is a classic that everyone should see today as its truly a classic gem that shows Bette Davis at her finest hour whom would later return in all about eve to give one of her finest hours on the screen. You simply should watch this classic gem today

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The Damned Don’t Cry!

Today I talk about Joan Crawford in a review of the damned don’t cry whom went  Form silent movie legend to camp queen. Joan Crawford and her astonishing 45-year film career is the stuff of a Gatsby-esque legend of survival and reinvention. Simultaneously glorious, tragic, tawdry, and hype-filled, her story is the very embodiment of the real version of the American Dream. She is without a doubt one of the legends of the silver screen. so to review this classic movie today that may be one of her best movies all time.

The Damned Don’t Cry! review

Joan Crawford scores again in the role of weary housewife living at the edge of the Texas oil fields. When her young son is killed in a bicycle accident, she leaves her laborer husband Roy (Richard Egan) for the big city. In this Warner bros noir classic Joan Crawford shines in her role that is one of her movies under their banner.

The Damned Don’t Cry” is directed by Vincent Sherman whom crafts out a noir that is a tale of ambition, murder and betrayal in which Joan Crawford plays the the role of an ambitious woman from the working class that finds social ascension in the men’s world using her glamour and different lovers. The dammed dont cry is  based upon the story of  the mysterious Virginia Hill that belonged to the upper-class and her lover Bugsy Segall whom was one of the most infamous gangsters of the 1940’s.

This noir classic was very intelligently written and deserves more attention as one of the better Film Noir classics with Vincent Sherman directing and crafting out a very amazing noir classic that tells such a very layered story of life’s twists and turns with such rich and sappy  dialog and betrayals instantly turn this noir classic into a must see for any lover of noir.

Joan Crawford gives us a very amazing character that truly is a rich and complex woman that feels layered and deep with many scars and personal goals of her own. Joan Crawford delivers one of her best roles on the screen in my eyes as you see her not play this role sappy but very raw and deep with many sharp lines of dialog in her performance as one of her finest on the screen. David Brian and Kent Smith both give us such fine acting that makes them feel right at home with the tough Joan. Morris Ankrum truly gives us one amazing performance as the father of her. It’s really such wonderful acting by everyone.

This is a slick, fast-moving noir with a strong cast that gives out remarkable acting and a very wonderful direction by  Vincent Sherman and will keep the viewer involved and thrill you throughout this classic noir gem.

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Cinematography of the third man

Cinematography of the third man

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TODAY i talk about The Cinematography of the third man with an in-depth review that breaks down this classic gem for 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon as today for the crafts part of 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon as Its Oscars talk time again. Today as part of 31 Days of Oscar Blogathon which is hosted by Once Upon a Screen,Outspoken and Freckled and Paula’s Cinema Club. Thanks to the wonderful hosts for today’s event and check out others form this event.

The Third Man (1949) Opening shots. 

Similar to other international noir genres, British film noir hardly fits the rigid categorical definition of noir based on Hollywood films. It does, however, contain many of the conventions and traits of Hollywood film noir such as a focus on the underworld of society, base emotions, and melodramatic events that portray an unjust and often cruel world. Carol Reed’s The Third Man (1949) may be stand among the greatest movies ever made and it does rank almost among top British films ever made.

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The third man follows  an idealistic American writer of Westerns as he arrives in the corrupted, disparaged city of post-WWII Vienna, Austria, which has been divvied into four sections: French, Russian, British, and American.  Holly Martins (Joseph Cotten) is an innocent, in some ways a clod, as he blindly follows a mystery, however dangerous, until its ultimate conclusion at the end. 

The third man has many key layers that it shares with american noir that may be a common thread of both ends of the great pond as its use of shadows and lighting really does also play a huge role into the movie.  A focus on the underworld of society of  Vienna, Austria. The base emotions, and melodramatic events that portray an unjust and often cruel world of post war  Vienna, Austria which is divided after the second world war into four zones French, Russian, British, and American.  Plot:Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime.

The third man is probably the greatest British thriller of the postwar by director Carol Reed and screenwriter Graham Greene set a fable of moral corruption in a world of near-Byzantine visual complexity: the streets and ruins of occupied Vienna which is far removed from the image of the rollicking erotic’s of Ernst Lubitsch or the wistful elegance and melancholy beauty of Max Ophüls. This Vienna is a movie milieu that really is vastly different form Curtiz’s Casablanca or Sternberg’s Morocco as it is unlike them, it is primarily the real Vienna, It is the real raw streets of the rubble and look of the bleak city after the second world war. The third man is shot by Reed and cameraman Robert Krasker in such a striking style which captures the city of Vienna. The camera work of Robert Krasker shot the movie in off-angle compositions and wide-angle lens distortions along that really does give some shots that really does feel striking to see unfold on the screen.

As you see in this scene above you see One of the many great Dutch-angled shots in The Third Man (1949) as truly it is giving you an oddball look at the city in a striking style.These striking camera shots really work to capture the raw city. The macabre landscape with the outstanding camerawork captures the city with  Anton Karas’ legendary zither score as the tale unwinds on the screen.

Two symbolic settings of the movie is a Ferris wheel towering above the city, and the shadowy chaos of the sewers. Holly comes face to face with the supreme evil, the supreme betrayal: both Harry’s and his own. The two settings play key part into that ultimate end. This is one element of the third man that vastly does tell you about how the raw core of the depths that harry faces into what some call his trip down a rabbit hole. Its two settings tell the viewer this idea as key part of its shots. This what the symbolic settings tell us all about the journey of the movie to its end.

Which ends as Anna walks down road as he looks upon her as farewell to her as he knows she is still in love with a killer and he must follow her down into that place as her love is misplaced and misguided. It’s her way as she must find her back to the light. The symbolic nature of the ending and the movie really does bring to light the nature of what we feel as descend into our chaotic worlds often.

Don’t be so gloomy. After all it’s not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love – they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. So long Holly.

 

Harry Lime: Nobody thinks in terms of human beings. Governments don’t. Why should we? They talk about the people and the proletariat, I talk about the suckers and the mugs – it’s the same thing. They have their five-year plans, so have I.
Martins: You used to believe in God. Harry Lime: Oh, I still do believe in God, old man. I believe in God and Mercy and all that. But the dead are happier dead. They don’t miss much here, poor devils.

Both these great quotes by Orson Welles really address the nature of our world in a collective darkness about how we think about governments in truth and how we believe in a god. It’s a collective reflection that really does feel at home in the third man as the city of Vienna afterwards of world war II. As quoted often noir is a reflection of how America and the world felt afterward of the second world war. So we see this collective expressions of its scenes and many quotes in this wonderful gem of a movie.

Joseph Cotten was not  carol Reed’s first choice for Martins; the director preferred Cary Grant, or even Jimmy Stewart but he ended up with Joseph Cotten. Joseph Cotten really gives us one fine performance as we see him really play wonderfully as he gives Martins the necessary dumfounded ignorance toward Vienna the role requires to really give us a caracter that is taking into this wild trip down a rabbit hole. He truly nails home this performance.

Orson Welles plays the elusive Harry Lime whom is one of the best villains ever put to the screen even for his limited time on screen as he plays one very convincing villain. Orson Welles was considered to be overshadowing the production of the third man. He kinda does even overshadow the director in many ways as many more recall him then carol reed. Its truly one amazing performance.

Alida Valli gives us a very convincing performance as Anna Schmidt. Its her very subtitle performance as the girlfriend. She really has a very key role into comforting holly Martin but she ends up in the twisted web herself as she has many secrets hidden away about herself. She wonderfully plays the role in a very wonderful performance that really nails home another outstanding role for this movie.

Trevor Howard wonderfully plays the role of Maj. Calloway. He leads down the chase as we see him and the other cops chasing down holly martin in one of the most infamous scenes of the movie.  We truly see him give such an amazing performance in this wonderfully crafted role.

Bernard Lee as Sgt. Paine really gives us one wonderfully outstanding role as we see him really play this role wonderfully as this wonderful actor of range gives us such a good role on the screen. Everyone else in the cast gives us such outstanding role even the smaller and lesser role as each give us such raw depth to their performances making them really all work to bring to life this world  on the screen. 

Carol Reed and his Academy Award-winning cinematographer, Robert Kraske devised an outstanding cinematography. It shows a world out of joint in chaos that creates unforgettable visual style.   fantastic oblique angles. Wide-angle lenses distort faces and locations. And the bizarre lighting makes the city into an expressionist nightmare. During a stakeout for Lime, a little balloon man wanders onto the scene, and his shadow is a monster as he towers over others as we really believe he is towering and overshadowing everyone. Vienna in “The Third Man is unforgettable as they come as its striking and contrasted form the lovely image we normally see of cities in movies.  This is a striking and wonderfully crafted movie form reel one to its end.

Carol Reed’s tight direction really does come to life with Academy Award-winning cinematographer, Robert Kraske as both of them craft out such a layered expressionist nightmare with such wonderful writing by Graham Greene with each cast member bringing home the lines of the screenplay in its depth and raw and giving more to each performance. We have a very wonderful performance by orison Welles whom overshadows the cast in light. We have a wonderfully rich acting job by Joseph Cotten whom gives us one amazing performance. We have a wonderful roles by Alida Valli and Bernard Lee and Trevor Howard each of whom give us first class acting. Its acting as directed by the wonderfully pitch director carol reed really brings out such rich and complex roles for the cast as we see them all nailing home such wonderful performances with wonderful music by Anton Karas as who can forget the theme of the third man. Its truly an artwork of direction and craft by carol reed.

Of the many movies this one most completely embodies the romance of going to the movies. I saw first form a Blu-ray copy at home as it really captured me truly form the first moment of the movie to its end.  It told a story of existential loss and betrayal. It was weary and knowing, and its glorious style was an act of defiance against the corrupt world it pictured. The Third Man remains one of the finest movies ever crafted to the screen form its wonderful direction to its very wonderful screenplay to its rich and striking  cinematography to its wonderful acting. It’s truly a milestone of movies that hails among the best movies ever made for the screen. It ranks among top British films all time and among the best lists of movies by many lovers of movies worldwide. This is one outstanding classic you should see today.

The Ruth rating:five bette's

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Dangerous women of the night:dont trust a dame

Dangerous women of the night:dont trust a dame

The collective sigh of relief heaved on V-J Day ought to have inspired Hollywood to release a flood of “happily ever after” films. But some victors didn’t feel too good about their spoils. They’d seen too much by then. Too much warfare, too much poverty, too much greed, all in the service of rapacious progress. A bundle of unfinished business lingered from the Depression and nagging questions about ingrained venality, mean human nature, and the way unchecked urban growth threw society dangerously out of whack. Writers and directors responded by delivering gritty, bitter dramas that slapped our romantic illusions in the face and put the boot to the throat of the smug bourgeoisie. Still, plenty of us took it and liked it. Thus noir and those dangerous dame came into being. I am gonna talk about many great noir classics starring dames                                                                                                         Dont trust a dame:noir classicI Wake Up Screaming review 

Victor Mature, Betty Grable, and Carole Landis had all been in movies together in various combinations, but I WAKE UP SCREAMING (IWUS) was the first film noir all three of them starred in. Maybe that’s why This movie feels so fresh and different. The movie starts out more like my fair lady then most noirs it feels like a change for noirs.  Betty Grable in her frist dramatic role which is one great role for her to play as she really gives such an amazing performance as an actress in this movie. Carol Landis is truly amazing in this movie in her outstanding role. Victor Mature gives us one great performance as an actor. This noir classic is early in the noir cycle as it uses many ideas of shadow and light to great effect. This movie will keep surprising you with many twists and turns. The supporting cast which includes Allyn Joslyn and Alan Mowbray among many others all give us such wonderful acting with wonderful direction and a fun story its a classic you should see today.

Fallen angel review

Otto Preminger directs this noir classic. Fallen angel is another gem form this wonderful noir director which ended up on cropping room floor by critics at the time. It’s quite sad as . Alice Faye gives us her finest role on the screen.  Dana Andrews, with all his unique ambiguity and minimalism, turns in one of his finest performances ever; just a hint of his outstanding performance. Charles Bickford is superb in his role. It’s such a joy as this movie has a excellent cast and cinematography as this movie is a treat to watch from start to finish. It’s simply a gem you should see today.

Born to kill reviewBorn To Kill is truly a work of art in movies. Its simply one of those wonderful noir classics that one should watch today. There are so many elements that make this film memorable form  Lawrence Tierney as Sam, the amoral killer is one of the few truly scary villains as he truly is one of the worst villains ever on the screen.  Claire Trevor is a subtitle actress giving us another amazing performance as Helen a woman trapped in what she can’t have and a desire for Sam,its truly one amazing performance as another ruthless dame. Elisha Cook, Jr is truly wonderful in his role. Born to kill is a gem one should watch today.

Gun crazy review

Peggy Cummins is The epitome of the bad dame as she truly gives us something truly special as she is perfectly cast in the role as this British legend really shines in gun crazy. John Dall truly is amazing in his role. It’s one interesting pairing as both truly embody a perfect pairing in acting. This movie has many great things such as its wonderful cinematography and its wonderful camera work as it feels just as wonderful and up there with many great noir classics. It’s truly a gem you should watch today.  

Today I talked about some more noir classics that have dames as their leads which truly shine in many great ways with so many other noir classics you can always find a joy in noir movies. So  I hope you enjoyed this thrilling noir talk.

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5 MOVIES ON AN ISLAND to watch.

Happy National Classic Movie Day! 

Yes it is a thing. It is day to honor many honor classics which happen to be one of my favorite things to watch is the classics. So i choose to honor five noir classics i love.Five noir classics i feel i could watch on stranded on a deserted island that i feel i could love anytime.

For Classic Film and TV Cafe’s 5 Movies on an Island Blogathon, the task is to write about the five classic movies we’d want to have if stranded on a deserted island. (Happily and absurdly, we are allowed to assume we have electricity, a projector, big screen, and popcorn.) We are asked to identify our criteria as well as our choices and, because this celebrates National Classic Movie Day, we are to list classic films only.

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Five noir classics i feel i could watch on stranded on a deserted island.

Five Movies BlogathonSunset Boulevard (Billy Wilder, 1950)(number one)

Sunset Boulevard is a brilliant movie that works on every level as everything comes together to craft something of a landmark in film as the writing is top notch, the production is top notch, the acting is amazing, the score is just amazing as its acting as its music can be considered Oscar worthy, it’s a timeless classic that works on every level a must see for anyone that loves film on any level. This is my frist movie on list of five movies as it’s a gem worth watching.

The Third Man(Carol Reed,1950)(number two)

The Third Man is directed by Carol Reed and written by Graham Greene. It stars Joseph Cotton, Alida Valli, Trevor Howard and Orson Welles. Music is by Anton Karas and cinematography by Robert Krasker.

The third man looks and feels unlike anything else at time. Its more like a neo-noir of later eras. This wonderful example of classic noir is one of the all time greatest films. It combines amazing visuals, sounds, dialogue, and acting to tell a thrilling story and comment about the atmosphere after WWII.

Its stars Joseph Cotton who is always wonderful but this time around he is more than wonderful as American author Holly Martins as also Alida Valli is very wonderful in her role as second lead to the ever wonderful Joseph cotton. Trevor Howard and Orson Welles are great supporting players in the cast in this ever wonderful classic. Its acting is one of the great things about this classic.

The character of Harry Lime alive or dead on-screen or not is one of cinema’s most fascinating villains as he is charming and deadly as ever. He is very rotten and evil as ever even if not on screen much his evil is felt so much throughout this classic. He is just so darn evil.

Robert Krasker’s cinematography is a finished product with an amazing level of details of the city and its dark shadows by stunning camera angles and back-lighting. The eerie shadows around the deserted streets and of course the unforgettable first glimpse of Harry Lime played by Orson Welles. Its eerie streets and look is unforgettable as ever with such dramatic details to many parts of this classic as the cinematography shines.

The screenplay is faithful to the original novel. Orson Welles has perhaps the best part, even though his time before the camera is short. This must have been one of the best roles in which Welles appeared. Of course, there are so many others, but his Harry Lime is an original and could have fitted perfectly in one of his own films as he is truly very evil and wicked and charming as ever.

The Third Man is an amazing film with cinematography that is first-rate and acting too and amazing villain that’s dark as ever and its screenplay is very wonderful too as all the elements come together to craft out one of the finest films ever to grace the screen.

Odd Man Out(movie three)

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In Odd Man Out Carol Reed blends noir with poetic realism. It exists between realism and expressionism as it’s an almost documentary level exploring of a perceived real world and an emphatic, stylized one. The 1947 release is one of Carol Reed’s earliest masterpieces. James Mason plays Johnny McQueen, an IRA rebel wounded and held up and on the run from the law. This deep psychological drama truly has many layers that could be taking many ways by its themes. The idea that Johnny is more a symbol to his pursuers then A man. Its themes about the ira which is Irish Republican Army as it’s called the organization in the movie which is strongly hinting at the problems of northern Ireland at the time of the post war. By this time in 1947 carol reed had made 16 films at this time most of them simple genre pieces and studio productions, including Bank Holiday (1938), Night Train to Munich (1940), The Way Ahead (1944), and the propaganda documentary The True Glory (1945). His success gave him freedom to work on whatever he felt on working on at the time. He selected odd man out based upon a novel by author F.L. Green which he had just read. He resolved to purchase the rights and shoot the film on his own terms, beginning a brief period in his career that produced a string of Reed’s technically virtuoso, thematically rich passion projects. Although Odd Man Out was the first, he followed it with The Fallen Idol (1948), The Third Man (1949), and Our Man in Havana (1959). Rather deeply personal films

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Carol reed felt to convey much of the ideas of the novel into the movie as he could on screen as he wanted it to be true to what the author had in mind. With this in mind, he sought out Green to assist in the book’s film adaptation while the book is third person the reed treatment explores it from Johnny’s point of view which takes us inside of the plight of Johnny as it also explores the lives of others around Johnny too as it creates an expressive cinematic prose. Carol Reed Working alongside cinematographer Robert Krasker who was trained in German expressionism crafted a style that would be used for his next movies to come that is expressionism at its finest to my eyes. Its visual language would shape carol reed movies to come. Its opening shots hovers over the town as it zooms into the town very inventive opening shot. Carol Reed used real streets instead of sets for many shots in this movie and extras that were not professional as they represented the working class. As the robbery went wrong the movie really changes cues fast and becomes very interesting and dramatic as they come.

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Its Johnny’s plight you feel about truly throughout the entire movie as we see others around him affected by his plight as others he comes in contact with have to come to terms with what they feel best to do based upon their moral ideals. Its Johnny’s inner conflict and struggle that has many points in this movie. Fate plays a key part in this movie too as you have the struggle of Johnny and his role in the organization tied together throughout this movie. This movie hails with many themes that seem to layer this movie into a deep almost documentary like world for its characters. To sum it’s this movie draw to make us feel for the plight of the character and his struggle as we see him struggle with the inner conflict it adds to the nature of this deep movie. It’s one of those masterpieces with so many layers that one could talk all day about them.

Carol Reed was a casting mastermind when comes to talent as he always had eye for some of the best talent in each movie this movie is no different.  james-mason-james-mason-30555980-360-450

James Mason leads the cast as he does an outstanding job really nailing home many layers to Johnny. We see him act out the struggle and plight of Johnny and inner conflict of Johnny to such amazing levels that one could say this role made him a star. It was the movie that Hollywood took notice of his talent and you can see why as he is just amazing in this role as he does give us one of the best acting roles ever crafted on film. It’s all of the cast giving some wonderful acting here. Kathleen Ryan Is another stand out in this movie to my eye she really brings home the role of Kathleen Sullivan as she does in a down to earth way which could be said she is downplaying the role but it’s the soft mannerism and way she brings heart to the feelings the character feels that really brings it home for me. W.G. Fay as Father Tom is a third stand out as he feels like a character trying to bring about peace for all sides as he is trying hard to just look after his flock as any good priest would do, it’s a good acting by W.G. Fay that makes this role stand out. Robert newton as lukey is fun little role too. The acting is top notch by everyone in the cast as it’s one of the best acted movies I ever watched.

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Robert Krasker cinematography really is something great in this movie as its own right. He crafted a cinematic style that really seems very highly detailed and fleshes out the movie greatly. Its cinematography is very much expressionism by nature as its darker cues lend more toward noir and German expressionism. Its layered with details that really bring to life its rich world in detailed shots that capture the plight of the lead character and the world around him. Its top notch style that would be used in future carol reed movies each to greater effect. It’s an outstanding cinematography.

The musical score by William Alwyn is another element that really seems so amazing in its own right too. William Alwyn’s score is very dramatic and moving as each piece adds layers to the plight as each beat feels connected to the story at that point as you feel for the plight deeper as the score helps convey that feeling to the viewer deeper as its one outstanding score from start to the end of this movie. It’s one of the best film scores I ever heard in a movie.

Odd Man Out is a masterpiece of acting,directing,editing,cinematography,music,all coming together to convey a movie by nature that has so many deep layers to it. Carol reed directed a masterpiece that started him on a wild ride that has him becoming able to direct many more classics to come. It’s Third movie of the five noirs to watch on an island that is one outstanding classic worthy to watch anytime if I were you I would watch it today.

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Shadow of doubt(four)

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Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Newton is bored with her quiet life at home with her parents and her younger sister. She wishes something exciting would happen and knows exactly what they need: a visit from her sophisticated and much traveled uncle Charlie Oakley, her mother’s younger brother. Imagine her delight when, out of the blue, they receive a telegram from uncle Charlie announcing that he is coming to visit them for awhile. Charlie Oakley creates quite a stir and charms the ladies club as well as the bank president where his brother-in-law works. Young Charlie begins to notice some odd behavior on his part, such as cutting out a story in the local paper about a man who marries and then murders rich widows. When two strangers appear asking questions about him, she begins to imagine the worse about her dearly beloved uncle Charlie.

Shadow of doubts is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most brilliant and most carefully-constructed films ever as also one of his finest ever of the 1940’s for Hitchcock. As always Hitchcock crafted another gem of a movie. The cynical, film-noirish, war-time film was shot on location in the small, story-book town of Santa Rosa, California – a representative place of sacred, wholesome, middle-American values where dark corruption is hidden within a family. The film mixes elements of its a wonderful life with its small feeling with little red riding hood.

Dimitri Tiomkin’s original musical score, including the haunting Merry Widow waltz, adds a degree of mystery to the tale about Uncle Charlie, a psychotic killer whose namesake niece, an adoring teenager-heroine named Charlie is excited about as she soon changes her tune as she probes deeper into her sweet uncle. Incredibly the movie never won an Oscar at all but was nominated for best original story. The dualities of good and evil in the film are exemplified by numerous pairs or doubles.

This movie has marvelous acting by its cast which is led by Joseph Cotten plays against type as he plays a villain role to brilliant turn in that role as he is very outstanding in every manner of the word. His portrayal is picture perfect; he carries with him an atmosphere of dread and morbidity throughout, even when he’s not doing anything wrong. A role of this sort is difficult to get right, as it’s all too easy to underplay it so it isn’t effective, or to overstate it so it becomes ridiculous; but Cotten gets the performance spot on in every way. Teresa Wright, who stars alongside Cotton in the role of the other Charlie also does well and delivers a mature and assured performance that fits her character brilliantly as she shines in the role of Charlie a sweet girl trusting of her uncle until she becomes fishy of him as she plays it so good. As always even the supporting cast of the many others in the cast are outstanding as always as they all seem to do good jobs in their respective roles.

Dimitri Tiomkin’s original musical score is very outstanding as its very great to the many cues that this wonderful gem of a movie gives it to handle. It’s one outstanding musical score. Cinematography by Joseph A. Valentine is very good and fitting to this tone as it takes cues to the tone that hitch plays here greatly as its one great thing here too. Hitchcock’s direction is very outstanding as he remarked many times this was one of his favorites he ever did as it stands as something special and great.

The script and production is clean, concise, sharp and economic, and “Shadow of a Doubt” remains one of Hitch’s greatest cinematic achievements as its direction,acting,score,screenplay,Cinematography all make it such a great landmark for Hitchcock.

As today is classic movie day. This gem of a movie is my fourth choice for deserted island getaway. Its a gem you should watch today.

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out of past(five)

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There was Siodmax’ “The Killers” in 1946! There was Huston’s “The Asphalt Jungle” in 1950 and in between was RKO’s OUT OF THE PAST in 1947. Together these three films represent the very best film noirs that ever was to come out of Hollywood or ever would again. Of the three however OUT OF THE PAST arguably stands a toe in front of the others as one of my favorites as they are all wonderful classics,i love all three flims,out of past is one of the best noir flims ever.

Kathie Moffat is the greatest of all femmes fatales, because she’s the least caricatured. She’s not a scheming black widow, just a totally selfish, cowardly woman who feels no remorse for anything she does, and who happens to be beautiful and alluring enough that we can believe any man, even a smart and tough one, would fall for her. Jeff and Kathie’s romance is genuinely rhapsodic, nothing like the usual mating of temptress and chump; they’re both so sexy and smart and wised-up, always getting the joke together.

The disillusionment wouldn’t be so compelling if the illusion weren’t so lovely. When Kathie shoots Jeff’s partner, Mitchum—in a reaction shot lasting all of two seconds—shows Jeff realizing, and instantaneously coming to terms with, the fact that the best thing that ever happened to him is also the worst thing that ever happened to him. He looks simultaneously shocked to the core, and as though he’d expected it all along.

Performances are superb throughout. Here the dozy eyed Mitchum – in his first starring role – solidifies his playing of the private eye. But he also shows he could cut a wholly acceptable romantic lead helped along by his mellifluous and soft voiced atmospheric narration. One scene in particular is very effective where he is waiting for her on the beach at night and when she arrives Mitchum’s voice is heard gently on the soundtrack ….”Then she’d come along…..just like school was out and everything else was just a stone by the sea”. The wonderful Jane Greer is the quintessential femme fatale. Her gentle saintly beauty belying her treacherous, underhanded and calculating evil. And a young Kirk Douglas – here just feeling his way in movies – is fine as the courtly but odious villain. Adding greatly to the whole thing is the marvellous score by RKO resident composer Roy Webb which features a memorable and lingering main cue that becomes a tender love theme for the love scenes and is transformed into an exciting big band jazz number for the black nightclub sequence.

OUT OF THE PAST is the archetypal film noir! An outstanding document of what Hollywood could achieve in their golden past as its cast is just wonderful,great story,wonderful direction,everything is top grade in every way,it’s a classic that you should watch anytime as it would be perfect to watch on a deserted island.

These are my five movies i choose to watch on a deserted island. It is noir classics you can enjoy today. Five is a small number but it is a few of the many noir classics.  So thanks to host for this event.

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Hitchcock noir II

Hitchcock noir II

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Hitchcock is on his way to the studio to shoot his next movie. He will be shooting his next movie. It is called cutting through the classics today. Today i talk about the Hitchcock noir traits which frankly makes up many of his classic movies and traits today for the second volume of Hitchcock noir. Let’s cut through his classics.

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So to begin with one movie that is often considered one of hitch’s misaligned movies today with the  The Paradine Case.

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It is often considered one of Hitchcock’s lesser movies. Many people dislike it and many people love it and praise it. Its acting is good that is not issue. It has such layers to this movie that it works for some and others it does not work right. The talents of Gregory Peck and Ann Todd and Charles Laughton and Ethel Barrymore and Louis Jourdan and other great talents all make up the cast of this movie. Its moody love story that centers on many of the leads of this movie really does bring some of its layer. One thing this movie misses is the Hitchcock humor does not seem to be in this movie. The acting of everyone is very good. Its Hitchcock’s noir classic in a way. It captures the soul of noir as you have a moody love story mixed with poisoning. It really is a fun noir gem to watch that really is such a fun case of it being a classic that is a mixed bag for many. Watch it today if you want a moody noir love story that will delight you.

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Hitchcock is about to shoot the wrong man . The wrong man is often called hitchcock’s true noir classic. Its a classic noir story that truly shines. Time to talk about this classic noir tale.

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The Wrong Man is under-rated as they come.  Henry Fonda’s role as  Manny Balestrero is one of the best roles ever did for the screen. He truly really brings to life the caracter. Though Henry Fonda’s Manny Balestero is told of his charge after being arrested, the whole ‘procedural’ nature of the film’s story, of how the system can be the damnedest thing, makes it downright gripping as you really are pulled into his plight. It makes you root against the law as you feel for him more. It’s very much a noir at heart and soul which makes this more magical when the time of year Tcm airs noir to tune into this gem. Fonda was the perfect choice considering the material, and while it is based on a true story and Fonda is terrific at his role, that Hitchcock leaves out certain details of his innocence to leave you wondering is he guilty or innocent? Vera Miles is amazing as his wife in a role that really is amazing as ever. The acting shines in this movie. Using real locations in NYC, the great many character actors that make up the police and everyday people (there is some very good casting in the insurance office scene), and a musical score that is decidedly vintage Herrmann, Hitchcock uses this sort of documentary realism to heighten his own subjective approach, It all works to help the story, which goes against the grain of the 50’s era thriller, and it works extremely well making it a must see movie.

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Hitchcock’s famous cameo in the man that knew too much. Its time talk about the orginal one not the remake,

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Very few artists have done as much for the thriller genre in film as British director Alfred Hitchcock, who not only was a pioneer of many of the techniques that would become widely used nowadays, but also across his career he literally invented a great amount of the rules that would shape the genre many of his early works are lesser known. Its a shame as many of his early works as just as wonderful as his later classics. The orginal man who knew too much is one such example. Peter Lorre. stars in a wonderful role that truly is one of his best roles.  Leslie Banks leading the cast with his charming presence and very British wit. Its his mix of humor and drama makes his caracter shine. its such a great role. Many think of the remake of this movie often over this classic gem. The performances by the actors are of an excellent quality all giving such great range. The screenplay for “The Man Who Knew Too Much” was written by Edwin Greenwood and A.R. Rawlinson, although it was based on a story co-written by D.B. Wyndham-Lewis and Charles Bennett. While the writing of the film was a cooperative effort, it is Charles Bennett’s style the one that’s shown the most through the story. Bennett’s plays and screenplays became the basis of many of the most representative Hitchcock thrillers, Its great direction by hitchcock with such a great screenplay which would help shape all his thrillers to come. Its wonderful acting. Its truly a must see for anyone that loves hitchcock.

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Hitchcock has confessed to a murder. Well its time to talk i confess.

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This is one of Hitchcock’s darkest films, and one of the best for seamless believability it lacks some of the breaks from verisimilitude that bigger hits like Psycho and Vertigo, The incomparable Montgomery Clift Stars in this classic gem. His use as an actor really brings this movie to a new level of depth in acting. It’s truly a work of art how great he captures the role in this movie. Anne Baxter truly shines in her role. its acting is truly something great. captures Quebec City greatly on film. Its great direction by the master. Its story of a confession of murder really being something deeper is a noir plot that truly makes this movie a gem that you must see today. Today I talked four classics you must see that are noir classics in this new volume of Hitchcock noir. Have a good day to enjoy a classic gem. hitchcock