"Kiss Of Death" (the original).%0D %0D Richard Widmark was beyond evil. Victor Mature's best performance. Coleen Gray: "I got what I wanted. I got Nick."%0D %0D The tension in the final (Italian restaurant)scene is incredible.
Favorite classic Film Noir ("he stood in the shadowns with a fag in his mouth")
|by Pauline K.||reply 23||11/15/2012|
I love so many of them but a couple of faves:%0D %0D SCARLET STREET%0D %0D THE BIG HEAT%0D %0D THE KILLERS%0D %0D OUT OF THE PAST%0D
|by Pauline K.||reply 1||05/26/2011|
I know they're obvious choices, but I love "Sunset Boulevard" and "Laura."
|by Pauline K.||reply 2||05/26/2011|
Kiss Me Deadly
Blast of Silence
The Post Man Always Rings Twice
In A Lonely Place
And of course Touch of Evil which was the last of the classic noirs.
|by Pauline K.||reply 3||05/26/2011|
"The Strange Love of Martha Ivers"%0D %0D "The Big Sleep"%0D %0D "The Big Heat"%0D %0D %0D Best lead performance in noir: Barbara Stanwyck, in "Double Indemnity." Runner-up: Ida Lupino, "The Hard Way."%0D %0D Best supporting performance in noir (six-way tie): Martha Vickers in "The Big Sleep," Everett Sloane in "The Lady from Shanghai," Jack Carson, "The Hard Way," and Mary Astor, Peter Lorre, and Sidney Greenstreet, "The Maltese Falcon."
|by Pauline K.||reply 4||05/26/2011|
and the nominees are:%0D %0D Fury%0D %0D Double Indemnity%0D %0D Out of the Past%0D %0D The Maltese Falcon%0D %0D Shadow of a Doubt%0D %0D D.O.A.%0D %0D Strangers on a Train%0D %0D They Drive by Night%0D %0D The Killing%0D %0D The Killers%0D %0D honorable mention: The Big Clock (remade/adapted as No Way Out), more of a really great acid trip then a truly good movie%0D %0D genrefuck: masterpieces which might loosely qualify as noirs: Notorious, Sunset Boulevard, I Want to Live, The Third Man, Victim, Anatomy of a Murder, Blade Runner
|by Pauline K.||reply 5||05/26/2011|
Double Indemnity, The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers, No Man of Her Own, The Damned Don't Cry, Dark Passage (I always giggle when Agnes Moorehead throws herself out the window).
|by Pauline K.||reply 6||05/26/2011|
Bump for dark shadows and sinister undertones
|by Pauline K.||reply 7||05/27/2011|
[quote] Richard Widmark was beyond evil. [/quote]
Widmark was beyond sexy in that movie, too. He pretty much created the giggling, sociopathic villain in Kiss of Death.
His best performance was in No Way Out where he played a racist redneck opposite Sidney Poitier (his film debut). In fact, Widmark has performed in some of the best film noirs to date: Panic in the Streets, Night and the City, Pickup on South Street, The Street with No Name, No Way Out, Road House, .etc.
I think Widmark's presence in film noir is as strong as Bogart's and Mitchum's .
|by Pauline K.||reply 8||05/27/2011|
The 1948 version of "Road House" with Widmark, Ida Lupino, Celeste Holme and Cesare Romero. .. And the 1962 version of "Cape Fear" with Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum. (Polly Bergen was also in it.) .. Didn't care much for the remakes.
|by Pauline K.||reply 9||05/27/2011|
Another vote for "Road House": great Lupino performance, featuring her unforgettable rendition of "One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)." She was the finest of all the noir actors, IMO--she's also fantastic in "The Hard Way" and "High Sierra."
A few more I love, beyond the most famous (like "Double Indemnity," "The Postman Always Rings Twice," and "Murder My Sweet:
"The Narrow Margin"
"Born to Kill"
"The Red House"
"Niagara" (far and away Marilyn Monroe's best performance, with great color cinematography)
"Force of Evil"
"The Naked Kiss"
"The House on Telegraph Hill"
|by Pauline K.||reply 10||05/27/2011|
A few more favorites:
Killer's Kiss (the least appreciated Stanley Kubrick film, showing incredible shots of Manhattan's East Side, which Kubrick makes look like a concrete hell)
Quai des Orfevres
No touchez pas le grisbi
It Always Rains on Sunday
The Small Back Room
|by Pauline K.||reply 11||05/27/2011|
|by Pauline K.||reply 12||05/27/2011|
Asphalt Jungle%0D %0D Riff-Raff (Pat O'Brien) - the opening scene is worth the price of admission
|by Pauline K.||reply 13||06/30/2011|
Night of the Hunter%0D %0D Cape Fear (original)%0D %0D Double Indemnity%0D %0D Strangers of a Train%0D %0D Shadow of a Doubt
|by Pauline K.||reply 14||06/30/2011|
Sunset Boulevard, Touch of Evil, Suddenly Last Summer
|by Pauline K.||reply 15||06/30/2011|
I'm pretty sure SUDDENLY LAST SUMMER would not be considered film noir.
|by Pauline K.||reply 16||06/30/2011|
My Beautiful Laundrette%0D %0D
|by Pauline K.||reply 17||06/30/2011|
|by Pauline K.||reply 18||11/19/2011|
Has anyone here seen a movie called Desert Fury? If not, you need to see it pronto! It's on youtube, and it is seriously the gayest movie of the forties.
Wendell Corey and John Hodiak basically play a couple. There are a couple dialogue scenes between the two men that are just OBVIOUS
Mary Astor is playing a nominally straight character but comes across a butch as hell in this movie
Plus golden era lipstick lesbian Lizabeth Scott is in it, too!
|by Pauline K.||reply 19||11/20/2011|
Bagdad Cafe would be if it had a more realistic ending.
|by Pauline K.||reply 20||11/20/2011|
So many to choose from. [italic]The Maltese Falcon[/italic] remains my favorite, but I recently saw [italic]White Heat[/italic] and loved it. Virginia Mayo is so gorgeous and so trashy. I love the scene in which she's wearing a black negligee, riding piggyback on Cagney's shoulders as he carries off to bed upstairs, while she swings a whiskey bottle in her free hand. Twisted mother-son relationship, evil mother, trashy wife, volatile crook = great material for Raoul Walsh.
|by Pauline K.||reply 21||11/20/2011|
Best color film noir: Leave Her to Heaven.
Best performance in a color film noir: Gene Tierney, of course.
Most beautiful noir star: again, Gene Tierney.
|by Pauline K.||reply 22||11/20/2011|
'Hangover Square' with Laird Cregar and Linda Darnell is an excellent film noir with an amazing soundtrack.
|by Pauline K.||reply 23||11/15/2012|