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This thread reminds me that I need to go to the bank tomorrow.


Sorry Tom. :)
Apr 18, 2016 2:22 PM
My most recent purchase was Whirlpool (1949) where she plays a kleptomaniac. I haven't seen it for a long time and I'm looking forward to it.


Apr 18, 2016 2:12 PM
 NathanielCould have used more Tierney .

Have you seen her in the colour film noir Leave Her to Heaven (1945)? It's probably her best performance. She plays a nasty little so-in-so.
Apr 18, 2016 2:02 PM
 post tenebras lux
It's French and I believe you can find a copy on youtube. Really taught and well acted and Michel Simon is fantastic.

I can't find it on youtube, only a trailer. From the same director I do like Pepe Le Moko (1937), with Jean Gabin.
Apr 18, 2016 1:44 PM
If you can get past an Oriental Christopher Lee, then the Hammer films are a lot of fun. Adventure films with outrageous plots, colourful gaudy sets, diabolical villains and up right tally ho Englishmen. A guilty pleasure.
Apr 18, 2016 1:37 PM
Pride & Prejudice & Superheroes (with Batman and Wonder Woman)

The Rise & Fall of the Donald Trump Empire

Apr 17, 2016 1:04 PM
A film noir thread and now this! This place just keeps on giving.


Several of my favourites have already been mentioned, so here are some other films I'm passionate about:

The Picture of Dorian Gray
Brighton Rock
Ivan the Terrible
Kind Hearts & Coronets
Went the Day Well?
The Maltese Falcon
The Queen of Spades
The Amazing Mr. X
Apr 17, 2016 11:46 AM
If you're looking for a kind of low budget weirdo Noir a la Detour, while not in Detours league, Strange Impersonation is a long neglected curio worth seeking out.

I'll second this and add Decoy as a double bill.
Apr 16, 2016 1:11 PM
 Master King Sexington
What are your top favorites, Matt? I watched Detour on your recommendation long ago so more in that vein would be appreciated. 

I've avoided listing the more obvious choices from the likes of Bogie, Welles, Wilder & Hitchcock. Even still, the following 10 films are pure gold:

Night & the City (1950)
The Killers (1946)
Out of the Past (1947)
Nightmare Alley (1947)
The Big Combo (1955)
Murder My Sweet (1944)
The Window (1949)
DOA (1950)
Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)
Scarlet Street (1945)

Apr 16, 2016 1:06 PM
Good choice of scenes and films, most of which are iconic. I can't believe I failed to identify Vertigo.
Apr 16, 2016 12:32 PM
 DaMU1920 - The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
1921 - (none seen)
1922 - Nosferatu
1923 - The White Shadow
1924 - The Thief of Bagdad
1925 - The Gold Rush
1926 - The Adventures of Prince Achmed
1927 - Sunrise
1928 - The Passion of Joan of Arc / Steamboat Bill Jr.
1929 - Man With a Movie Camera

Charlie Chaplin's The Kid is the film to plug the gap.
Apr 15, 2016 11:34 AM

Speaking of commentary tracks, all of the FoX Film Noir series DVDs have really interesting tracks on them.  Here's the list-

Of the 26 titles listed I own 15 of them, Whirlpool being the most recent purchase. Unfortunately I'm from the UK with region 2 DVDs and none of them have commentary tracks. In fact, with the 160 film noir DVDs I own, only a handful have commentaries.
Apr 15, 2016 11:16 AM
SkyDogThe Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
Sunrise (1927)
Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Nosferatu (1922)
Seven Chances (1925)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
The General (1926)
Sherlock Jr. (1924)
Man with a Movie Camera (1929)
Pandora's Box (1929)

I've just finished watching this and found it hilarious. I liked the early edited scene with the dog growing bigger through the seasons. One criticism was the issue of race. The rejection of the black woman and the white actor in blackface was a little off-putting. 

There are a few films on this thread which I'm going to watch in the future. I'm looking forward to them.
Apr 15, 2016 11:03 AM
MaxRennThe best moment in Dutch history.

I'm pretty sure it's when the Netherlands beat the USSR in the final of the Euros in 1988, with Van Basten's wonderful goal.
Apr 15, 2016 8:41 AM
Court Wizard Nameless

Ugh, German. Well, I'm also very German but, ugh

You can't beat the Dutch and the Germans when it comes to football rivalry.
Apr 15, 2016 8:02 AM
Night and the City
The Ladykillers
Seven Samurai
Tokyo Story
Paths of Glory
The Night of the Hunter
Ice Cold in Alex
High Noon
Strangers on a Train

Apr 14, 2016 2:37 PM
post tenebras luxIf you guys want to see one of the greatest noirs of all time then check out Panic aka Panique (1946) w/ Vivianne Romance and Michel Simon. It completely covers the whole mob/lynch mentality spin and does it in such a disturbing and merciless way. Michel Simon plays the 'Jew' in the movie. I won't give away plot but it involves a robbery and a murder and Mr. Simon's character being framed. The climax is unforgettable and I believe you can grab it off youtube. It's a French language film and one of best ever noirs. All the noir trappings are in tact.

Check it out if you already haven't MKS and Matt the Hatt.

I'm not familiar with this but I'll keep it in mind. Cheers.
Apr 14, 2016 2:25 PM
PenarinOne I never hear much about is The Streets With No Name.  About an FBI agent who goes undercover in a gang.  Typical enough plot, sure, but interesting to see it done back in 1948.  Plenty of location photography- dark city streets, dive bars, dance halls, boxing clubs.  LOVE the look of this movie!  

Have you seen House of Bamboo (1955)? It's a colour (boo!) remake of The Street with No Name set in Japan with rogue American ex-G.I.s planning heists. Robert Ryan (yay!) takes the role originally played by Richard Widmark. Samuel Fuller directs. Definitely worth a watch. 
Apr 14, 2016 2:23 PM