Monday, April 19, 2010

Movies about film-noirs and film-noir trailers - PART 4

Fourth, last part of film-noir mini series:

Film Noir - Bringing Darkness to light (2006)

Film Noir burrows into the mind; it's disorienting, intriguing and enthralling. Noir brings us into a gritty underworld of lush morbidity, providing intimate peeks at its tough, scheming dames, mischievous misfits and flawed men - all caught in the wicked web of a twisted fate.

Fragment of review, from

Both a movie genre and cinematic movement, film noir has one of the highest batting averages of any genre. Because of the core elements (duality, normal people being thrust into crime, moral grays), there are few noirs that aren't interesting, with the photography (influenced by German expressionism, but often done bare due to budget constraints) almost always fascinating. There's more to be gleaned about the genre and its high points in 1995's "A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese through American Movies" and reading Alain Silver and Elizabeth Ward's "Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style" is entirely more thorough — but for a clip show, "Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light" is entertaining enough, even if it seems made up of questions asked on downtime from other DVD documentaries. It opens with James Ellroy, who says "Here's what film noir is to me. It's a righteous, generically American film movement that went from 1945 to 1958 and exposited one great theme. And that theme is: You're fuc...d." From there the interviewees range from commentators on other Warner DVDs (including DVD Savant Glenn Erickson), to filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, Paul Schrader, Brian Hegeland, Christopher McQuarrie, and many of the crew associated with both The Usual Suspects and Sin City (including Frank Miller and Michael Madsen). The one interesting thing this 67-min. doc dwells on (something that noir historians can still argue about) is the inception of the genre. There are mentions made that it started with Lang's German film M, or in 1940 with the Peter Lorre-staring The Stranger on the Third Floor, while anther interpretation is that noir was the natural cinematic reaction to the returning soldiers of World War II and the grief and ennui that resulted, as the genre fed on (at its best) an existentialism and fatalism that comes from being close to death.


Frank Miller - Interviewee
Christopher Nolan - - Interviewee


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Video : 598 MB, 1238 Kbps, 29.970 fps, 576*416 (4:3), XVID = XVID Mpeg-4
Audio : 98 MB, 203 Kbps, 48000 Hz, 2 channels, 0x55 = MPEG Layer-3

Film noir trailers: PART 4

Movies included:

- Murder, my sweet
- Naked kiss
- Nightmare alley
- Postman always rings twice
- Tension
- The big clock
- The dark corner
- The killers (1946)
- The Lady from Shanghai
- They drive by night
- To have and have not
- Where the sidewalk ends

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