BLACK ANGEL (1946)

08/09/2013

 
Film Noir, adaptation of a Cornell Woolrich novel, 81 minutes tight, great drunken flashback montage: yes!
 
 
Susan Hayward won an Oscar for her portrayal of good time girl turned death row inmate Barbara Graham. Late film noir directed by Robert Wise. Great Johnny Mandel jazz score. Yes.
 
 
A young woman survives a death camp, assumes the identity of a fallen woman, and finds herself in a struggle for her life on Telegraph Hill. Cool early fifties style and San Francisco locations.
 
 
Great boxing film noir staring John Garfield. Innovative fight photography. Must see!
 

BODY HEAT (1981)

11/07/2011

 
After 30 years, this film still rocks. Great acting, characters, tight script and directorial debut of Lawrence Kasdan.
 
 
Hard characters, fantastic dialogue, and the gorgeous Gene Tierney directed by Otto Preminger.
 
 
Director Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, Yankee Doodle Dandy) faithfully interprets Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not with John Garfield as a struggling vet skipper and family man, his mistress Patricia Neal, and a ruthless band of criminals. Great movie. One of Garfield's (an original Bad Ass Mofo) last screen performance.
 
 
Betty Grable in a rare dramatic role, with Carole Landis, Victor Mature and Elisha Cook Jr. Early film noir murder / suspense adaptation. Laird Cregar gives a note worthy performance as an obsessed detective. Quick & tight!
 
 
Jules Dassin directed some great films; Brute Force, The Naked City, Night And The City, Rififi. Novel and screenplay by A.I. (Buzz) Bezzerides. Lee J. Cobb & Richard Conte tussle in the market district of San Francisco. Realistic noir style with romance featuring the struggles of long haul truckers.

Official Site: http://www.criterion.com/films/939-thieves-highway
 
 
Nicholas Ray's film noir starts as a gritty police procedural and evolves out of the darkness into  the end of the film noir era. Tough characters, hard boiled dialogue, and great performances by Robert Ryan and Ida Lupino. Short, tight, moving.

Netflix: http://movies.netflix.com/Movie/On_Dangerous_Ground/70050322?trkid=496624
TCM: http://www.tcm.com/this-month/article/374114|70957/On-Dangerous-Ground.html