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About effieperine

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  1. My opinion on who gets credit for "inspiring" film noir? The Nazis. First, they forced some of the best German expressionist directors to flee to Hollywood and then they cast a spell of dread and pessimism over the US in the 1940s. American are not by nature pessimistic so the Nazi influence was critical. Ironically, very few examples of film noir have any overt Nazi imagery. They are virtually never mentioned. But the sense of tension and anxiety looms nonetheless.
  2. Thanks for including so many of my personal--and often-forgotten--favorite actors: Charles McGraw, Ann Sothern, Virgina Mayo, Dennis O'Keefe, John Payne and Jan Sterling.
  3. Max Steiner doesn't get enough credit for his gorgeous scoring of this film. Often he can be over the top (Dark Victory), but here he is right on the money. His almost-spooky score adds greatly to the atmosphere and tension.
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