B Noir Detour


January 2017

Desire and Disability in “Walk Softly, Stranger”

Released a year after The Third Man and advertised as an "exciting adventure" that re-pairs its stars (sans Welles), I read Walk Softly, Stranger (1950) instead as an opportunity to see Joseph Cotten do a fantastic job of playing hard-boiled and Alida... Continue Reading →

Screwball Comedy Face-off

In addition to noir, I love screwball comedy. In both Hollywood genres, gender roles are under scrutiny, "proper" behavior and appearance are questioned, and the issue of trust between the sexes is central. I could say more about the history... Continue Reading →

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