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  1. The Mask of Dimitrios had some dialogue that you could lift right out and put in a modern comedy and no one would know the difference.  Absolutely wonderful.  

    The Stranger is extremely well done.  I liked it far more than some other Welles movies.  

    I've seen The Third Man many, many times (including at the TCM Film Festival which was my favorite viewing - I highly recommend going) and any opinions will be regurgitated through various film classes.  I know my parents went on the sewer tour in Vienna and it was fascinating but really gross.  I hope to go on it myself on of these days.  I went on the famous ferris wheel when I was there but I hadn't seen the movie yet so it wasn't as exciting.  Vienna really loves The Third Man.

     

    My issue is with Possessed.  It's very compelling with an excellent portrayal of Joan Crawford.  Her makeup and lighting between her scenes in the hospital with her flashback scenes is well-done.  But I can't stop seeing it through a modern lens.  Is it progressive because it was such a complex role?  Or it is really insulting because Joan Crawford can't be expected to help herself from going crazy from love because she's a woman?  Or is it a really sympathetic portrait of a stalker that today would just be Fatal Attraction?  Psychiatric diagnosis and treatment was really in its infancy back then, but I can't help but think that a man would not have been treated the same.  I am just really mixed up in my feelings about this movie.  I am curious to hear how others reacted to this movie.    

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  2. I came home on Friday to a big DVR FAIL! None of my Noir films taped! argh. I ended up buying Out of The Past. Wonderful movie, even the hubby & 15 yo enjoyed it after I talked them into watching.

     

    Will catch up with this thread on the films I haven't seen yet. Some I have already seen but was lookikng forward to re-watching. WIll have to rent/or buy a few of the titles over the Holiday.

     

    Thanks for the wonderful observations posted here.

    Do On Demand or the TCM App.  

     

    I came home on Friday to a big DVR FAIL! None of my Noir films taped! argh. I ended up buying Out of The Past. Wonderful movie, even the hubby & 15 yo enjoyed it after I talked them into watching.

     

    Will catch up with this thread on the films I haven't seen yet. Some I have already seen but was lookikng forward to re-watching. WIll have to rent/or buy a few of the titles over the Holiday.

     

    Thanks for the wonderful observations posted here.

    Do On Demand or the TCM App or the TCM Website.  My cable box has been having issues with TCM so that's how I've been watching all of the movies.  They're all available until the 3rd or 4th.  You just have to login with your cable site showing you have cable.  Do not despair!  

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  3. I think we can all agree by this point that there is a lot more to films noir than just "crime movies from a certain time period".  We have seen a lot of movies that transcend genres like Mildred Pierce that might otherwise just be a woman's picture but veer into noir.  But is there a movie out there that is a crime movie from the late 40's that is definitely not noir?  Border Incident wasn't really noirish.  It was definitely a social justice picture that involved crime, but here it is on the list.  Mystery Street was a procedural, but here it is on the list.  They were both really good movies and well worth my time, but does every crime movie from the late 40s and early 50s automatically become noir?  Can we say that there are some that definitely are not noir?  We define noir by what it is, but we also need to define it by what it isn't.  

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  4. Spoilers for Detour and Journey Into Fear

    The thought that Al was an unreliable narrator didn't occur to me, for some reason, but that could be another valid interpretation. That's the fun of films of this sort: Everyone who watches them can come away with something different. And you may even see it a different way the second time you see it than you did the first.

    Al as an unreliable narrator is an old idea for Detour.  Roger Ebert mentioned it in his Great Movies review of Detour and he was quoting the critic Andrew Britton argues a more intriguing theory in Ian Cameron's Book of Film Noir.  Detour is such a strange movie and I think the theories are why it has staying power.  It's seriously worth everyone's time when it comes on TCM.  Weirdly, I thought the same thing might be going on Journey Into Fear when I was watching it this weekend.  Joseph Cotton seemed to be trying to hard to convince his wife that nothing that had happened was his fault.  He just had to get that drink.  He had no choice to get on that boat.  Of course he wasn't having an affair with that beautiful woman.  It only looked like he was in league with the bad guys.  I was hoping it was all a sham or a cover up.  Perhaps if it had been it would have been a movie that was better remembered.  Even so, I enjoyed it.  

  5. Stranger on the third floor is short.  Really short so you can knock it out in just under an hour. Johnny Eager is really good, Robert Taylor is really excellent in it and Lana Turner being obsessed with gangsters is entertaining given her history.  Dark Passage has Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall which is enough for me.  Nora Prentiss has a messed up plot and an ending that doesn't stand up to scrutiny, but I bet you haven't seen it before.  

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