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B Noir Detour

Sexy Women and The Big Sleep

It's time for MovieMovie BlogBlog's 3rd Annual Sex! blogathon. I wrote about Born to Kill in 2015, and last year I was all about sex, violence, and Scarlet Street. For 2017, I'm basking in the seductive women of Howard Hawks' The Big Sleep... Continue Reading →

The Doctor in A Woman’s Face (1938 v 1941)

I've already written about disability in and compared the two versions of A Woman's Face, the original Swedish film starring a young, talented Ingrid Bergman (Gustaf Molander, 1938) and the George Cukor remake starring Joan Crawford (1941). But when Charlene's (Mostly) Classic... Continue Reading →

Laird Cregar: from noir to romcom

May is Laird Cregar Month at @BNoirDetour. For those new to this blog, let me explain that it began as a place to introduce weekly livetweets of mostly B noir films. A film livetweet involves a host selecting a movie... Continue Reading →

Five Stars for National Classic Movie Day!

Who knew there was a "Classic Movie Day"? I sure didn't, but I'm sure willing to participate in Classic Film and TV Cafe's Five Stars Blogathon today. My mission is to list my five favorite movie stars and explain why... Continue Reading →

Nazi Noir: The Murderers are Among Us

When I came across a reference to the 1946 German film The Murderers are Among Us (orig. title Die Mörder sind unter uns), it was for a Region 2 Blu-ray giveaway. As a student of both film noir and the Holocaust, I... Continue Reading →

Tearjerking and Mrs. Quilliam

I confess it: I'm a cryer. Not every sad film -- not even most -- can bring the wet stuff out of me, but if something hits me in hard in the feels: when it rains, it pours. The videos most... Continue Reading →

Noir and the Academy Awards

Students of Hollywood know the origin of the Academy Awards was in part to allow a small group of Eastern European Jewish immigrants to give each other accolades at a gala affair within (or at the edges of) a culture... Continue Reading →

My Road to The Grand Illusion

Rather than a review of Jean Renoir's La Grande Illusion (1937) -- examples of which you can read all over the internet and in books on Renoir, French film, war films, and the like -- I want to write a bit... Continue Reading →

Finger of Guilt / Intimate Stranger Review

I'm making a point of watching more Joseph Losey films, and I stumbled across this 1956 noir, filmed in England and starring both British and American actors. Losey is the director, though since he was blacklisted, he wasn't credited when... Continue Reading →

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