Film Noir favourites
Posted 30 October 2010 - 07:24 PM
So I thought I would mine the considerable knowledge bank of the cinematography.com community to get some recommendations.
To make it more interesting, how about listing your favourite old classic, favourite modern, and favourite obscure or under-appreciated noir?
My pick for classic noir would be 1947s Out of the Past. Beautifully shot by Nicholas Musuraca and flawlessly directed by Jacques Tourneur, Robert Mitchum's portrayal defines the noir hero for me - tough, laconic and smart, but vulnerable too, and while he fights against the noose that slowly tightens around his neck, he also knows deep in his heart that his fate is sealed. The film contains some of the best noir dialogue ever put to film.
Favourite modern would be China Town, which plays with the noir conventions to create something wonderfully fresh. I also thought Brick was an excellent recent take on noir.
And my choice for lesser known examples would be Richard Fleischer's The Narrow Margin, from 1952. A taut, thrilling little B film, perhaps not exactly noir, but close enough. See it just for Charles McGraw as the toughest, gruffest cop you ever saw. It has some great handheld work, some of the first, along with On Dangerous Ground.
Anyone else care to nominate their faves?
Posted 31 October 2010 - 01:02 AM
Posted 31 October 2010 - 01:24 AM
Some of my other favorites include (just off the top of my head):
Out of the Past
The Third Man
The Big Clock
The Maltese Falcon
Kiss Me Deadly
The Big Heat
In A Lonely Place
Pickup On South Street
The Big Combo
The Woman In The Window
He Walked By Night
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
And one that is in my top favorites but I think is completely underrated by others would be DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS. I love that movie!
Posted 28 December 2010 - 10:56 PM
I'd say anyone with an interest in unique set design and camerawork should watch:
-A Colt Is My Passport
-Take Aim at the Police Van
By far, however, Kurosawa's noirs are the best I've ever seen from the genre.
-High and Low
-The Bad Sleep Well
Just to name my two favorites.
Posted 29 December 2010 - 12:40 AM
I loved Out of the Past, Chinatown, The Third Man. I never thought of Mildred Pierce as film noir but I liked it.