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.
Five noir classics i feel i could watch on stranded on a deserted island.
Sunset 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)
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
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.
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 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.
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.
Shadow of doubt(four)
shadow of doubt review
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.
out of past(five)
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.