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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 →

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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 →

30-Day Movie Challenge, Day 26: A Movie that is a Guilty Pleasure

Day 26: A Movie that is a Guilty Pleasure With some notable exceptions, most of noir is a kind of guilty pleasure to me. Even the strength of the femme fatale hardly makes it feminist, it's full of gratuitous darkness... Continue Reading →

30-Day Movie Challenge, Day 25: A Movie No One Would Expect You To Love

Day 25: A Movie No One Would Expect You To Love For a prompt like this, I'm guessing no one would expect me to love something like The Gay Divorcee (1934) or Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2016). But we're still talking noir... Continue Reading →

30-Day Movie Challenge, Day 24: Favorite Documentary

Day 24: Favorite Documentary I'm more a fan of reading about noir than watching documentaries, and more a fan of watching noir than reading about it. But one PBS special is definitely worth seeing. It features: a sincere attempt to... Continue Reading →

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