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Posts posted by DustyMc

  1. Just finished watching Scarlet Street and most of it seems to be played for comedy.  Edward G in an apron!!!!   Maybe this was the antitheses of Woman in the Window the Lange movie with which it shares many elements.  It also made me realise that whereas woman seem to be very powerful in noir, men are often diminished.  Even Bogart and Mitchum, who know where their female nemeses are coming from, still allow themselves to be led down those mean streets. Is this mysoginie?  Well, yes but I believe that, like all subversive genres. noir allows us to indulge our secret desires at least until the end when the perpetrators are suitably punished.  . 


    I think the fact that the Edward G character is so inherently clueless is comedic.  But in a very sad and pathetic way.  He believes what he truly needs to believe in order to fall for the woman and be scammed.  

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    Here are some great Neo Noirs that are usually off everybody's Noirdar some are flawed but worth seeing: 


    Satan in High Heels (1962)  Leather fetish Noir with Grayson Hall
    Mister Buddwing (1966) James Garner, POV, Amnesia, High-Low angle cinematography, Jazz, Noir tropes
    The Nickel Ride (1974) LA Crime Noir
    Union City (1980) Period Cornell Woolrich Story of milk bottle theft gone wrong.
    Hammett (1982) Fun homage to Pulp Fiction and Dashiell Hammett.
    The Kill-Off (1990) Jersey Noir, Jim Thompson novel tale brought to screen.
    Delusion (1991) Death Valley Noir.
    Romeo Is Bleeding (1993) Sergio Leonesque New York Noir
    The Wrong Man (1993) Mexican Road trip companion piece to Bring Me The Head of Alfredo Garcia
    Hit Me (1996) Jim Thompson novel "A Swell Looking Babe"
    This World, Then the Fireworks (1997) Jim Thompson novella


    Great list!  Unfortunately, the only of one those I have seen is Hammett.  Which is definitely worth a watch for sort of "meta" reasons.  

  3. I knew that the fringe benefit of taking this course would be to discover films I'd never heard of.  (If nothing else in life, I like to consider myself on an expert on the obscure).  


    On that note, I am pleasantly surprised by both STRANGER ON THE THIRD FLOOR and WOMAN ON THE RUN.  


    As we have been instructed, I have been watching for direct links to German Expressionism.  Stranger most certainly has that in the dream sequences that almost blindsided me as a viewer.  (Without giving anything away, the sequence is particularly nightmarish and seems absolutely timeless).  


    Woman on the Run is, quite simply, a solid little movie.  The obvious lesson is how the location of San Fransisco is used to create a noir-ish atmosphere.  What else is there to recommend it?  The story is constructed in a propulsive manner, and there is absolutely no wasted time.  Beyond that, I loved the last ten or fifteen minutes that were set on the boardwalk.  They had a very eerie Carnival of Souls feeling to them.  


    Any other fans of these two movies?  

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