friday and sunday james’ and i went to double features at the film forum.
they are showing film noir for a few weeks. we saw
(1949, JOSEPH H. LEWIS) A bank robbery shot from inside the getaway car in a single take highlights Lewis’ startling Bonnie & Clyde-type sleeper, as vicious carny girl Peggy Cummins leads good-hearted gun buff John Dall into a life of crime. (approximately 86 minutes)
“The real Bonnie and Clyde, Lewis’s study in pathology is the ultimate expression of the B-movie credo to live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse. Brisk, percussive, a veritable primer for intelligent camera placement and a film of great plastic beauty besides, Gun Crazy is the kind of movie they don’t make any more—and it’s as if they never did.”
– J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
THE BIG COMBO
(1955, JOSEPH H. LEWIS) Cop Cornel Wilde teams with an ex-moll to nail mob boss Richard Conte, whose disciplinary methods include torture by hearing aid — a vintage Lewis touch. (approximately 89 minutes)
“A sense of fatalism and perverse sexuality that exist in few noir films.”
– Carl Macek.
and last night with anthony and erika….
(1945, EDGAR G. ULMER) “Whichever way you turn, Fate sticks out a foot to trip you.” New York-to-L.A. hitchhiker Tom Neal’s pickup of the aptly-named Ann Savage leads to blackmail and death. (approximately 67 minutes)
“A nasty little thriller.” – Time Out New York
“One of the defining films of the seductive genre the French critics called film noir.”
– Vincent Canby, New York Times.
THE NARROW MARGIN
(1952, RICHARD FLEISCHER) Train ride from Hell, as taunting prize witness (Marie Windsor as a side-switching gangster’s widow) makes things rough for ambivalent dick Charles McGraw, as he fends off non-stop hoods en route to a grand jury. By the author of Detour. (approximately 71 minutes)
^okay so frasier’s dad wasnt in the movie.)
and james and i watched a great classic 1971 film this weekend too…
psychomania. i had seen it before but who doesnt love a british motorcycle gangs attempt at living forever as the undead? good stuff. and i think i am going to try to get abby’s hairstyle from the living dead.