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” […]
Wow! Only five films on a desert island. Some years ago when I attempted to do a similar list of Desert Island Disc, only with ten films, it was difficult enough. There were always more movies I wanted to take with me than would fit on the list. So what does this blogathon do? Cuts it […]
Deanna Durbin spent the majority of her short career, she retired in her late twenties, at Universal where she made a series of light, but popular musicals that made her one of the top stars of the time. However, like many artists, Durbin wanted to do something different. In 1944 and 1945, she […]
Aurora from ONCE UPON A SCREEN came up with a great and fun way to spread the holiday cheer and for folks to take a break from the rushing around during this joyous, but sometimes, stressful Christmas season. Share some favorite films and #PayClassicsForward on your blogs, by noting your recommendations in the comments or sharing across social media.The challenge […]
Jules Dassin’s Brute Force is a brutally, cruel, claustrophobic prison film that will turn your knuckles bloody to the skin. This was the director’s first venture into the world of film noir. It has a tough hard core texture, thanks to not only Dassin’s sharp direction, but the cinematography of William H. Daniels (The Naked […]