It's November again, and in our house that means one thing - Noirvember.
Noirvember is a celebration of the greatest film genre of all, film noir. Film noir refers to the stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those that emphasize cynical attitudes and motivations. It's the genre that provides us the smooth talking detectives, the hard as nails femme fatales that get them in trouble, and the criminals we love to hate.
- The Killing - Stanley Kubrik's tight heist noir. It breaks the rules in all the fun ways.
- Force of Evil - We saw this at the TCM film festival with a live introduction by Eddie Muller for a live Noir Alley. A fairly straightforward noir with a fantastic performance by Thomas Gomez, an underrated character actor.
- The Bad Sleep Well - Kurosawa's tale of revenge and corporate corruption. Tense all the way through and while the ending can be frustrating, it sticks with you. A great use of black and white and lighting in a famous alley scene.
- The Hitch-Hiker - Ida Lupino's directorial triumph and the first film noir directed by a woman. Tight, tense, three person film based on a real life crime. Keeps you on edge to the end.
- Boomerang - bit more of a court-room drama, but compelling performances, nonetheless, by Dana Andrews, Arthur Kennedy, and Lee J Cobb.
- Panic in the Streets - this one was a trip to watch in the height of the CoVID. Elia Kazan film with Richard Widmark as an officer of the US Public Health Service trying to stop a pneumonic plague from spreading through New Orleans. Really interesting parallels.