1. I haven’t yet seen THE KILLER IS LOOSE Tony, but I certainly will track it down as soon as I can. I did read Renoir’s celebrated analysis, and am thrilled to see it incorporated into this splendid and provocative post. Yes, B movies did very often “transcend their humble aims” and pictures like DETOUR, D.O.A. and a modest 1950’s B movie called INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS (ha!) eclipsed the front-liners they were often paired with. Obviously there are so many other examples. And it makes perfect sense. Without any artistic aspirations or expectations the artists can forge their own path with daring and originality. Renoir (and Chandler) well knew what they were talking about.

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