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B Noir Detour

Looking Back at Gun Crazy

1950's Gun Crazy (Deadly is the Female) was hardly seen upon release, ignored by critics, and entirely ahead of its time. It's full of wonderful cinematographic flourishes, wildly creative mise-en-scene, and wicked sexually -- especially its link between sex and violence. It's Bonnie... Continue Reading →

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Movies, Predators, and #MeToo

As accusations against Hollywood predators are emerging faster than Republican senators trying to take away health care from the American public, I'm finding myself in a quandary as a film-lover and scholar. If we find a director or actor we... Continue Reading →

Five Hot Noir Messes

One of noir's most salient features is self-destruction. Some characters live and die by their own foolish hand; others are doomed by "fate." And a very few escape the worst part of themselves triumph -- or at least survive, mostly... Continue Reading →

Spy Noir and Nazi Agent (1942)

This post is brings together my ongoing interest in the films of Conrad Veidt (see introductory post here) and the history and definition of film noir. Film noir can be read and defined in multiple ways, depending on one's point... Continue Reading →

It’s Conrad Veidt Time

I tend to go through phases of interest, little fascinations or obsessions with individual facets of film, such as genre, era, actor, director, etc. I may watch a group of films by a certain director, watch an actor dally in... Continue Reading →

30-Day Movie Challenge, Day 30: Your Least Favorite Movie

Day 30: Your Least Favorite [Noir] Movie Looking at this prompt, I thought two things: (1) what a depressing way to end a list; and (2) didn't I do this one already? The answer to the latter question is no,... Continue Reading →

30-Day Movie Challenge, Day 29: A Movie that Changed Your Opinion on Something

Day 29: A Movie that Changed Your Opinion on Something No Way Out (1950) taught me that race issues could be central in noir. Gilda (1946) taught me that noir could feature effective, relevant musical numbers. And Gloria Grahame changed my... Continue Reading →

30-Day Movie Challenge, Day 28: Movie with the Best Soundtrack

Day 28: [Noir] Movie with the Best Soundtrack Another tough call. I can name the noir with the worst soundtrack easily (I Wake Up Screaming), and I love the work of Miklos Rozsa and Franz Waxman, among others who scored... Continue Reading →

30-Day Movie Challenge, Day 27: Favorite Classic Movie

Day 27: Favorite Classic Movie This is as good an excuse as any to applaud some of my favorite noir folks, including actors Richard Widmark and Googie Withers and director Jules Dassin. Herbert Lom, Mike Mazurki, Francis L. Sullivan and... Continue Reading →

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