Tag Archives: film noir

Noir in the Cold of the Day

There’s a crooked cop. An ex-con. A nightclub singer whose gambling debts have overtaken him. Put these three together, along with a hick bank with too much cash on its hands, shoot it all in moody black and white, and … Continue reading

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Shades Of Grey: In A Lonely Place

I was born when she kissed me.  I died when she left me.  I lived a few weeks when she loved me. Nicholas Ray’s film noir IN A LONELY PLACE has the unique distinction of being less about a murder … Continue reading

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Shades Of Grey: Bullet Holes

No time for a full review this week.  Instead, I offer you Bullet Holes, a select round-up of noir-worthy news from the Journal and beyond. — First up, let’s recap.  So far, I’ve gone on about my interest in noir … Continue reading

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Shades Of Grey: Night & The City

                Crawl deep into the black heart of any city and you might come close to the depravity and criminal element on display in director Jules Dassin’s Night & The City.  Here stands … Continue reading

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Shades Of Grey: Crossfire

“Hate… is like a gun.  If you carry it around with you, it can go off and kill somebody.” A slap.  A punch.  Then, a quick one-two to the bread basket. Two men fight, their faces shrouded in darkness, their … Continue reading

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New Column: Shades Of Grey

Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray in Billy Wilder’s Double Indemnity (1944). You could call me a film noir junkie, but you’d be wrong.  Sure, I’ve seen a few, and read a bit about what makes them work, but the simple … Continue reading

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Adding Color to the Darkness: 70s Noir

Last week, Terry Rea wrote a great column about my favorite film genre, noir. It goes without saying that no one who loves movies or film noir in particular would completely agree with his list of five favorites (though they’re … Continue reading

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