Tag Archives: Film Noir

Body Heat

SHE TAUGHT HIM EVERYTHING SHE KNEW – ABOUT PASSION AND MURDER. In the middle of a Florida heatwave, lawyer Ned Racine (William Hurt) embarks on an affair with a sexy married woman (Kathleen Turner)… and soon they begin to talk about getting rid of her husband (Richard Crenna). Lawrence Kasdan’s first film as a director … Continue reading Body Heat

Double Indemnity: Film Noir’s Finest

FROM THE MOMENT THEY MET IT WAS MURDER! Double Indemnity came as sort of a relief. After spending a lot of time during my film classes watching the Soviet and Italian classics (which were undeniably an eye-opening experience), I was sort of longing to see something from the place I had fallen in love with … Continue reading Double Indemnity: Film Noir’s Finest

The Killers: Chasing the Swede

ONE MOMENT WITH HER… AND HE GAMBLED HIS LUCK… LOVE… AND HIS LIFE! In the 1920s, Ernest Hemingway spent some time in Chicago. This was the time and place when the boxer Andre Anderson met his destiny. He was shot to death by the Chicago mob in 1926, likely for refusing bribes. Hemingway was reportedly … Continue reading The Killers: Chasing the Swede

The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

FATE DREW THEM TOGETHER… AND ONLY MURDER COULD PART THEM! After coming back to his hometown, drifter Sam Masterson (Van Heflin) learns that the girl who was his best friend as a teenager is now a businesswoman (Barbara Stanwyck) sharing a horrible secret with her husband (Kirk Douglas), the district attorney. A film noir drama … Continue reading The Strange Love of Martha Ivers

Laura: The Enigma Behind the Painting

THE STORY OF A LOVE THAT BECAME THE MOST FEARFUL THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO A WOMAN! After returning from service in World War II, the mighty Hollywood mogul Darryl F. Zanuck was reportedly furious to find that his interim replacement had allowed Otto Preminger to direct the film noir thriller Laura. Zanuck, who carried … Continue reading Laura: The Enigma Behind the Painting

Chinatown: Polanski’s Farewell to America

In the early days, Los Angeles was just a village. But as it grew in the late 19th century, it needed a better water supply. A decision was made to build an aqueduct that would bring water from the Owens Valley into the city, but the question of who owned water rights led to a … Continue reading Chinatown: Polanski’s Farewell to America

Postman Always Rings Twice: Dirty Love

THEIR LOVE WAS A FLAME THAT DESTROYED! I have vivid memories of the 1981 version of James M. Cain’s classic crime novel. As I was perhaps ten years old when the movie was first shown on TV, the one scene that stuck to my memory was obviously the one where Jack Nicholson and Jessica Lange … Continue reading Postman Always Rings Twice: Dirty Love

The Big Sleep: Twisted Turns

THE TYPE OF MAN SHE HATED… WAS THE TYPE SHE WANTED!   In 1945, Hollywood agent Charles Feldman had seen the yet-to-be released adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s crime novel “The Big Sleep”. As a representative for Lauren Bacall, he was not particularly pleased. In a letter to Jack Warner, he wrote that the movie needed … Continue reading The Big Sleep: Twisted Turns

Le Doulos

Maurice Faugel (Serge Reggiani) has just been released from prison, but is already planning another heist; he gets help from Silien (Jean-Paul Belmondo), but doesn’t realize that he’s a police informer… One of Jean-Pierre Melville’s best known gangster movies revels in all things American – big cars and Bogart-esque hats and trench coats. Chock-full of … Continue reading Le Doulos

The Mask of Dimitrios

THE FABULOUS TALE OF A MAN OF MYSTERY! Cornelius Leyden (Peter Lorre), a mystery writer, hears about the recent death of the nefarious Dimitrios Makropoulos (Zachary Scott), becomes intrigued and starts following the traces of this master criminal. Director Jean Negulesco’s breakthrough film is a fast, entertaining and dark story that (seemingly) takes its audience … Continue reading The Mask of Dimitrios