Film noirs have their stock characters: the dangerous double crossing dame with a gat strapped on her thigh and poison in her heart. There is the flawed hero, the male sap seduced into committing felonious misdeeds. There are crooked cops, squealers or weasels and other down and out losers. And there are felines. I’m not talking about the feline like […]
Ivan G. Shreve Jr. 0f Thrilling Days of Yesteryear reviews my e-book, Film Noir at Twenty Four Frames Per Second. http://thrillingdaysofyesteryear.blogspot.com/2016/09/book-review-film-noir-at-twenty-four.html The e-book is available at Amazon.com. https://www.amazon.com/FIlm-Noir-Twenty-Frames-Second-ebook/dp/B00JZCDPEW/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8#nav-subnav
Lawrence Kasdan’s Body Heat takes place in a small, dreadfully hot, humid Southern Florida coastal town. The heat of the title reflects three important elements of the film. First up, the obvious; the stifling hot Florida weather. Every character’s skin glistens with beads of sweat. Shirts are constantly seen with sweat stains.
What is Film Noir? Well just take look at Double Indemnity or Criss Cross and you will get the idea. Filled with treacherous woman and dumb men, along with odd camera angles and stark contrast like black and white photography, film noir’s peak period arguably ranges from 1941 to 1958. The term was coined by […]
A small bit of self promotion here. My first e-book Film Noir at Twenty Four Frames Per Second is now available in the Kindle version on Amazon. Twenty essays and reviews from classics like “Ace in the Hole” and “Detour” to lesser known works like “Cause for Alarm” and “Roadblock” are looked at. Within the next […]
Noir fans check out my review of PITFALL now posted at the fantastic website NOIRBABES.COM.
The 8th annual San Francisco Film Noir Festival starts on January 22nd at the Castro Theater. Films in the program includes: Cry Danger (restored) Walk a Crooked Mile Armoured Car Robbery Red Light Pitfall Niagara Larceny The Postman Always Rings Twice Odd’s Against Tomorrow Women’s Prison He Ran All the Way Pickup on South Street […]
Here is a major reason I miss living in NYC – The Film Forum. Starting this friday, the Film Forum is presenting a 44 film series of British Film Noir. From well known classics like The Third Man and “Gaslight” to lessor known ( at least to me) films like Roy Ward Baker’s “The October Man” […]
One of the earliest films about the American involvement in Vietnam is the little known A Yank in Vietnam (1964). The film was directed by and starred Marshall Thompson. It was made in Vietnam before the escalation, the large buildup of American troops, and the anti-war fever back at home. Produced during these early years of […]
One of the earliest films depicting Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday and the gunfight at the OK Corral was a 1932 work called Law and Order. While the character’s names were changed, the film told the tale, fictitious as it was, of the infamous Tombstone shootout. Since the making of that film there have been numerous […]