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Tina

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  1. Sadly, I'm too far from a participating theatre to see this today, but I'm happy for all of you who can! In solidarity, I'll be revisiting the DVD - not the same experience, I know, but what a great movie to see again and again.
  2. The heist is a part of so many films, noir or otherwise. It's human nature to think we can be smarter than the next guy or can beat the system. Here, and in my favorite noir Double Indemnity, someone who's spent a career working in a certain field also collects details about how that job's particular process can be compromised for material gain. Often that person has felt wronged or become disillusioned with the work so can justify his behavior. Many heist films also involve a team, each with a particular skill. Every member has a particular job to do, and it's engaging to watch the pla
  3. And just a bit before it, at 12:30 a.m.: Night of the Hunter. Not really noir, but a must-see for any film fan.
  4. Strangers on a Train is one of my favorite Hitchcock films, but I don't automatically think of it as a noir. Perhaps it's the obvious Hitchcock style - there's an almost playfulness in how he sets up his opening scenes (not to mention his own appearances in them). I also think, as others have said, he's more visual than verbal in his initial storytelling. But certainly he's using many noir staples in this film. But I do adore this movie and will take any opportunity to watch even part of it again.
  5. It's been a while since I've seen this one, and I'm looking forward to seeing it again. I'd forgotten how Powell shifts his behavior in so many ways - that charming/rough shift is so well done here. And the "small businessman in a very messy business" completely typifies the private detective in noir.
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