Articles tagged film noir

The Kindness of Scoundrels: Douglas Sirk in the ‘40s

A Scandal in Paris and Lured mix Hollywood with European sensibility.

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‘Gilda’ Is an Invitation to Look Deeper Into Pop Culture

Beautiful, classic, important, and thoroughly complex, Gilda is a real “aficionado” film, and yet it has an undeniable popular appeal.

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Enterprising Women and the Femme Fatale of Film Noir

'Too Late for Tears' and 'Woman on the Run' remind us that today's financial and gender anxieties have long histories.

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Gumshoe Expressionism in ‘Murder, My Sweet’

A sexy, shadowy exchange between a tall blonde and a hard-core classic film collector sum up the merit of this movie.

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Library of America Rethinks Women and the Hard Boiled Tradition in New Set of Women’s Crime Writing

This box set represents a nuanced perspective not only of the crime fiction genre, but of women's contributions to mid-century American culture.

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Rooting for Harry Lime: ‘The Third Man’ As Morally Ambiguous Heterotopia

The Third Man's film-noir vision of a fractured postwar landscape creates an ‘other space’ (heterotopia), through which its moral realities and boundaries still resonate.

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‘Your Worst Self Is Your Best Self’: Defending Season Two of ‘True Detective’

Nic Pizzolatto seems to have written this season for a specific audience, knowing full well and not giving a damn that it would not be viewed favorably by the general public.

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‘The Killers’ DVD Is a Double Whammy

Criterion brings two film versions, one a classic and one a misfire, of Ernest Hemingway's short story, "The Killers".

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‘Odd Man Out’ and ‘The Lady From Shanghai’ Set the Stage for Carol Reed’s ‘The Third Man’

These two movies can be seen as cinematic cousins of Carol Reed's The Third Man, sharing some lineage while nonetheless carving out their own idiosyncratic identities.

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Paul Thomas Anderson Douses Film Noir With Bong Smoke in ‘Inherent Vice’

Throughout cinema history, there have been countless films made about detectives and stoners, but nothing has ever been quite like Inherent Vice.

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Revenge Travels South in ‘Ride the Pink Horse’

This oft-overlooked desert noir illustrates the residual violence of post-war America, where paranoia and deception abound.

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Farther Than You Think: Mapping the Noir Terrain

Rope of Sand, Dark City, and Union Station each extend the shadowy reach of film noir.

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10 Mar 2015 // 10:30 AM

Double Take: Laura (1944)

Love is stronger than life. It reaches beyond the dark shadow of death. Otto Preminger's 1944 noir classic tests how far love goes, and Double Take breaks it down.

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Bob Dylan - “The Night We Called It a Day” (video)

The legendary singer/songwriter Bob Dylan gets away with murder in the old-timey noir music video of his Frank Sinatra cover "The Night We Called It a Day".

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‘Fear in the Night’ Speaks the Indecipherable Language of Noir

Noir, as a definitive term, is elusive and always out of reach, as are dreams. So what are we to do with Fear in the Night, a noir that traffics in dreams?

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Mysterious Forces and Femme Fatales: ‘Out of the Past’

In Torneur's classic film, the femme fatale knows she's an object in a world of violent men she has no reason to respect.

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‘Fear in the Night’ Is a Good Nightmare

Perhaps Fear in the Night will never look or sound better, always like a nagging, half-forgotten celluloid memory.

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‘Slander’ Airs Out the Dirty Laundry of the Genteel ‘50’s

Slander hasn't dated much at all; it still engages the viewer with something harsh and sordid under its veneer of '50s gentility.

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‘Cry Danger’ Is Simple Noir Elegance

Olive Films' reissue of the 1951 Cry Danger is as no-frills as the old school film itself.

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Pull a Thread to Find a String and Get the Rope: ‘Kiss Me Deadly’

One of the all-time great film noirs, a must-see classic on its own, Kiss Me Deadly only gets better with a wonderful slew of extras.

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