New Noir DVD Reviews

Two new film noir reviews based on new DVD releases have just been published:

Nightmare Alley

Nightmare Alley (1947) by Tom Huddleston of NotComing.com:

Nightmare Alley is an obscure post-war thriller, a noirish tale of circus fakes and con men every bit as crafty and exploitative as the characters it depicts, and just as much fun. Full Review

The Wrong Man (1956) by Dan Schneider of Blog Critics:

Perhaps [Alfred Hitchcok’s] most successful such ‘oddball’ film was 1956’s black and white social realism film The Wrong Man, starring Henry Fonda. It was manifestly influenced by the spate of European films that indulged in the Neo-Realistic style of such masters as Vittorio De Sica, Federico Fellini, and Roberto Rossellini. It was also based upon a real life case of mistaken identity in 1953 which nearly put an innocent man in prison. Full Review

The Wrong Man

On Dangerous Ground (1952) – A Definitive Noir?

On Dangerous Ground (1952)

Another interesting post from the mardecortesbaja.com blog:

Nicholas Ray’s On Dangerous Ground is a problematic film noir on many grounds but in an odd way it helps define the genre. More precisely, it helps us realize that film noir isn’t really a genre at all but a way of identifying a particular strain of post-WWII dread as it came to infect many different kinds of film…

Art Noir: Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks (1942)

Nighthawks (1942). The Art Institute of Chicago.
Nighthawks (1942). The Art Institute of Chicago.

From a recent post on Neatorama

NO WAY OUT: Look closely; there’s no entrance to this diner. We as observers are shut out, and the figures are trapped within. The only door looks to be a service exit to the kitchen, so the only figure who can escape is the busboy, who is separated from the diners not only by the counter, but also by his white-clothed innocence and youth…

Top 50 Voted Films Noir at IMDB

Released by IMDB on May 26, 2007

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Rank Rating Title Votes
1. 8.6 Sunset Blvd. (1950) 27,768
2. 8.5 M (1931) 20,791
3. 8.5 The Third Man (1949) 29,064
4. 8.4 Double Indemnity (1944) 19,108
5. 8.4 The Maltese Falcon (1941) 30,073
6. 8.3 Touch of Evil (1958) 18,111
7. 8.3 Strangers on a Train (1951) 17,667
8. 8.3 Du rififi chez les hommes (1955) 3,584
9. 8.3 The Big Sleep (1946) 16,050
10. 8.3 Notorious (1946) 16,941
11. 8.3 Ace in the Hole (1951) 1,866
12. 8.2 I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang (1932) 2,242
13. 8.2 The Killing (1956) 12,064
14. 8.2 Sweet Smell of Success (1957) 4,054
15. 8.2 Out of the Past (1947) 5,024
16. 8.2 Shadow of a Doubt (1943) 10,042
17. 8.1 The Night of the Hunter (1955) 12,629
18. 8.1 White Heat (1949) 5,195
19. 8.0 Nightmare Alley (1947) 983
20. 8.0 Laura (1944) 7,606
21. 8.0 The Set-Up (1949) 1,397
22. 8.0 Key Largo (1948) 8,739
23. 8.0 Night and the City (1950) 1,037
24. 8.0 Body and Soul (1947) 809
25. 7.9 Scarface (1932) 4,434
26. 7.9 The Big Heat (1953) 2,981
27. 7.9 Pickup on South Street (1953) 1,606
28. 7.9 Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) 4,204
29. 7.9 The Killers (1946) 2,670
30. 7.8 Ossessione (1943) 1,065
31. 7.8 The Roaring Twenties (1939) 1,892
32. 7.8 In a Lonely Place (1950) 2,706
33. 7.8 The Asphalt Jungle (1950) 4,481
34. 7.8 The Narrow Margin (1952) 970
35. 7.8 Deadly Is the Female (1950) 1,445
36. 7.8 Scarlet Street (1945) 1,673
37. 7.7 The Woman in the Window (1944) 1,354
38. 7.7 The Lady from Shanghai (1947) 4,073
39. 7.7 This Gun for Hire (1942) 1,042
40. 7.7 The Big Clock (1948) 1,035
41. 7.7 Gilda (1946) 4,896
42. 7.7 Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) 666
43. 7.7 The Letter (1940) 1,943
44. 7.6 Thieves’ Highway (1949) 527
45. 7.6 Brute Force (1947) 732
46. 7.6 Kiss of Death (1947) 1,031
47. 7.6 Mildred Pierce (1945) 3,916
48. 7.6 Murder, My Sweet (1944) 1,801
49. 7.6 The Naked City (1948) 1,089
50. 7.6 Sudden Fear (1952) 622

Mexico And Film Noir

An interesting post from the mardecortesbaja.com blog:

WWII exposed those hidden things for a generation of Americans and in its wake film noir began a systematic investigation of the shadow world at the fringes (and somehow also at the heart) of American culture. In the process, Mexico took on a new aura. It became a kind of shimmering paradise, the locus of an honesty and innocence that no longer seemed feasible along the mean streets and lost highways of post-WWII America…

Films discussed include Out of the Past, Gun Crazy, and The Night of the Iguana.

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