These movies are listed by release date. But with the obscenity came a stellar script, inspiring acting, wonderfully dark cinematography—including one of the best uses of subliminal imagery on film—and sophisticated themes, all orchestrated by director William Friedkin. Incredibly, it still casts its fetid, doom-laden spell, every time. It achieves a kind of transcendent power by wallowing in the filth of its story and creation. Rambunctious pulp made transcendent through Anthony Mann's direction, John Alton's lighting, and a satisfying gender switch in which the Angel and the Tramp duke it out over the guy.
This puts such deserving titles as Let the Right One In 7. He was operating according to his own personal code, not society's expectations. The Killers is a powerful story that fully deserves it reputation as a classic film noir. With the incredibly vital information in the hands of a common thief, both the police and the Communists start to track him down. So, Sidney plants some reefer on him and spreads rumors that he is a Communist.
Caligari, but used now for the subversion of filmic conventions for artistic expression. The Big Clock 1948 7. Face it, the meandering script is saved by Frank Fenton's dialogue. Best Hardboiled Line How could I have known that murder could sometimes smell like honeysuckle?. For decades, film critics have debated about which movies count as film noir and some films have fallen in and out of favor for various reasons. His story is one of deception and betrayal. This overview of film noir is somewhat comical, it's so poorly done.
If you believe that a good script is a succession of great scenes, you can't do better than this. A silver sun burned through the sky like a huge magnifying glass. Film noir itself was an important genre for legitimizing cinema as an artform — the use of shadows for terror, the seductive placement of limbs, glances, and the way someone smoked a cigarette substituted for dialogue. I'm going to write a sequel list at some point and I would love it if you would tell me what you think about it. Additional Voices Marinette Dupain-Cheng, a shy high-school student, has inherited some magical ladybug-shaped earrings. Yes, it is a happy one, but the way that he achieved it was classic film noir. The build-up of Pickup is perfect, that's true.
Hayden is strong and resourceful as Johnny Clay, but he's pretty wooden. Blanches loses that too, however, as a car accident paralyzes the starlet from the waist down. It all starts with the death of a police sergeant. Detour Directed by Edgar G. Not to mention that he was motivated by wishes of revenge, not goodness. Pickup on South Street Directed by Samuel Fuller Released on June 17, 1953 On a crowded subway in , a small time pickpocket named Skip McCoy steals a wallet.
Best Hardboiled Line I shall never forget the weekend Laura died. The only weaknesses I see are 3 and 1. He is the ringleader of the bunch who is determined to only go for the big heists from now on. A smart, soulful film full of evocative details, including a wonderfully intricate soundtrack. The killing was made on a budget of well below half a million dollars, and it shows.
Were the three leads ever any better? No picture before or since has more deliriously used side arms as sexual symbols. The warped visuals and disjointed narrative, now arthouse staples, were used for horrific effect in Dr. Ulmer Released on November 30, 1945 Detour may take the prize as the purest distillation of film noir ever committed to film. Hunsecker walks in on Sidney saving her and accuses him of rape. In that moment, their destinies become linked and they plunge towards a tragic outcome that they cannot escape.
And more importantly, who is Laura? Now, his past has caught up with him as he travels to meet the man that he betrayed. The movie follows a group of criminals recruited for a diamond heist that ends up going disastrously wrong, forcing them to flee and confront their own loyalties in the aftermath. We then follow an investigator and a police detective as they struggle to track down his killers and bring them to justice. Featuring one of the most unequivocally quotable and memorable screenplays ever written, you will be quoting its lines and remembering its characters for the rest of your life. Brawl in Cell Block 99 Although it sounds like a pulpy action movie, Brawl in Cell Block 99 takes a while to build up to its titular melee, unwinding slowly as its lead character gets deeper into trouble. The Narrow Margin 1952 7.
Whichever way you turn, Fate sticks out a foot to trip you. Why are so many people so desperate to find it? Loopy, corny, overheated, but one big adrenaline rush of creative moviemaking from start to finish. Murder 37 Husband Wife Relationship 25 National Film Registry 23 Based On Novel 21 Femme Fatale 21 Cigarette Smoking 19 Police 19 Blackmail 18 Death 15 Male Female Relationship 15 Double Cross 14 Telephone Call 14 Betrayal 13 Face Slap 13 Father Daughter Relationship 13 Cult Film 12 Extramarital Affair 12 Gun 12 Infidelity 12 New York City 12 Photograph 12 Singer 12 Train 12 Investigation 11 Kiss 11 Marriage 11 Shot To Death 11 Bar 10 Bare Chested Male 10 Cigar Smoking 10 False Accusation 10 Gangster 10 Hotel 10 Nightclub 10 Police Officer 10 Policeman 10 Singing 10 Taxi 10 Detective 9 Escape 9 Flashback 9 Letter 9 Mother Son Relationship 9 Orchestral Music Score 9 Police Detective 9 Rain 9 Song 9 Suicide 9 Corpse 8 Cynicism 8 Dancing 8 Doctor 8 Drink 8 Drinking 8 Drunkenness 8 Ex Convict 8 Jealousy 8 Los Angeles California 8 Microphone 8 Newspaper 8 Newspaper Headline 8 Paranoia 8 Pay Phone 8 Police Car 8 Punched In The Face 8 Restaurant 8 Revolver 8 Voice Over Narration 8 Adultery 7 Alcoholic 7 Dead Body 7 Diner 7 Dog 7 Gas Station 7 Lawyer 7 Lie 7 Manhattan New York City 7 Private Detective 7 Suspense 7 Telephone 7 Theft 7 Trial 7 Writer 7 1930s 6 Alibi 6 Attempted Suicide 6 Blood 6 Brother Brother Relationship 6 Cafe 6 Car Accident 6 Car Chase 6 Crying 6 Deception 6 Eyeglasses 6 Female Singer 6 Flashlight 6 Frame Up 6 Gunshot 6 Impersonation 6 Judge 6. He is hired by J. Film criticism also shifted in the 40s and 50s to include more artful analysis of movies suggestion: read some of the early 1940s film criticism from novelist James Agee when he started at Time in 1942; Agee was hugely influential to our big American critics of the 60s onward—like the Cahiers writers, and Pauline Kael and Roger Ebert. Not to mention that it has one of the greatest screenplays ever written. Even more baroque than Touch of Evil, the greatness of this film is its stubborn refusal to allow the tiniest ray of light into Harry Fabian's headlong descent in hell.
Made on a pitifully small budget with limited resources in six days, Detour features all the great noir clichés: a down and out protagonist running from his past, a foul-tempered femme fatale, stylized dialogue, and a moody, bleak voiceover. Crime has 56 adherents; adventure: 54. But I certainly would include as some of the other commentators would Asphalt Jungle and The Third Man because of their excellence. During this process, the demon-controlled Reagan does all sorts of horrific things, like contort her body in unsettling ways, curse worse than the most seasoned sailor, and even violently masturbate with a crucifix. The Hayes Production Code made it harder to convey sex, but film noir coded it by using characters that work just outside the respectability of the police force, but instead are hired in private to unravel mysteries that the people hiring would also like to keep private and out of the police dossiers and headlines. There are many more noirs to add to the list.