Noir Beat: Johnny O’Clock and more

Poster - Johnny O'Clock_1947

Lately I have been watching some old b’s that echo film critic Pauline Kael’s view that a “movie doesn’t have to be great… you can still have the joy of a good performance, or the joy in just a good line”. ”The dialog is both street-wise and poetic, and delivered with Powell’s signature take-it-or-leave-it.”Robert Rossen’s … [Read more…]

The Oscars, Jean Renoir, Raymond Chandler, Auteurism, and Budd Boetticher’s The Killer is Loose (1956)

The Killer is Loose (1956)

In a 1954­ interview Jean Renoir said of Hollywood: “Don’t go thinking that I despise “B” pictures; in general I like them better than big, pretentious psychological films they’re much more fun. When I happen to go to the movies in America, I go see ‘B’ pictures. First of all, they are an expression of … [Read more…]

FilmsNoir.Net’s Top 25 Films Noir

The Third Man

My top 25 films noir by year of release. Ranking them would be arbitrary as there is little if anything between them.  For my full listing of essential films noir click here. Port of Shadows 1938 France Aka Le Quai des brumes. Fate a dank existential fog ensnares doomed lovers Jean Gabin and Michèle Morgan after one night … [Read more…]

Alan Fassioms on Dementia (1955): Beatnik Noir?

Dementia & Daughter of Horror

Dementia (1955 aka Daughter of Horror 57min) Director/Writer – John Parker Cinematography – William C. Thompson Music – George Antheil I’m sure the 50’s hep-cats and ‘seasoned’ film-noir enthusiasts among you will already know of this film. Nevertheless for a greenhorn like myself, I find it damn near impossible to simply watch something like Dementia … [Read more…]

Guest Post: Alan Fassioms on Uncovering The Mysteries Of The Origins Of Film Noir

After some encouragement from my Film Noir-loving comrades, I’ve decided not to be modest about my enthusiasm for Film Noir and to share this with you. Recently I became slightly obsessed with the origins of Film Noir, of which I knew very little about, so decided to do some digging. Boy, did I ever underestimate … [Read more…]