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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by televillian, Apr 5, 2020.
To Have and Have Not; another Bogie great. His first with Bacall.
I just finished reading "Red Harvest" again. I love PI stuff and femme fatale stuff too!
One of my favorite Kirk Douglas movies! "Detective Story" was another great Douglas noir. For it's time a subject matter that was really pushing the boundaries...his wife had an abortion with her ex-boyfriend, the criminal he's trying to put in jail. In the Hollywood era of the Hayes Code, that's about as taboo as a subject gets.
"Kiss Me Deadly" is one of the ultimates of the genre. The "great-what's-it", a completely morally corrupt "hero". Well worth the watch if you've never seen it.
"The Big Sleep" with Bogart and Becall....plot makes NO sense. Seriously, even the book's author Raymond Chandler didn't know what the hell was going on, hire William Faulkner to co-write the screenplay and that will happen. But the film's style and cast make it phenomenal.
"Detour", the ultimate low budget noir. 6 days to shoot and a budget around $20-$100K.
"Gun Crazy", Orson Welles' brilliant "Touch of Evil"....ever wonder where Scorsese got the idea for "Goodfellas" tracking shot? It was the opening shot of "Touch of Evil". "Born to Kill", "Force of Evil", "Asphalt Jungle", "In A Lonely Place"...I could go on and on.
"Kiss of Death"...Richard Wildmark's Tommy Udo, is an unforgettable psychotic killer...you'll never forget this scene if you've seen it.
I took a class studying film noir eons ago when I was in film school...best film genre of the 40's and 50's.
There's dozens of films I could site...but you'd get tired of reading it.
For greatest parody of film noir, nobody...but nobody did it better than The Firesign Theatre.
Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte
What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?
Willeford is my absolute favorite
You ain’t seen parody film noir till you’ve seen Steve Martin and Carl Reiner’s magnificent Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid — also featuring Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney and a host of other old time noir actors:
Out of the Past
With Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas.
Bob Le Flambeur
Shoot The Piano Player
Read that as 'whodonuts'....................................don't know what that says about where my mind is!
I watched this for the first time not too long ago.
+1 on Diva
Elevator to the Gallows
Branded to Kill
High and Low
Blood Simple, the Coen Brothers first film, is an outstanding noir..
Yeah, like 'em!
Porgie Tirebitter, he's a spy and a girl delighter! Thats Comissioner Tirebitter Dad Sir.
YES. And not just whodunits. I saw Kiss Of Death when I was a teenager, and was hooked ever since.
Wow, just watched “Night of the Hunter”, as you mentioned, and it’s outstanding... one of the best films I’ve ever seen... Mitchum as the evil heavy, Lillian Gish(!) as the savior, an outstanding job by child actor Billy Chapin and the first and last film directed by Charles Laughton... and some of the best, expressionistic b/w lighting and sets this side of Germany... great film!
Mitchum was one of the best of the bad guys ever