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Capsule Reviews: July 11 – 16

The Furies (Anthony Mann, 1950) – 4/5 Fresh from a triple feature of film noir classics (T-Men, Raw Deal and Border Incident [1947-49]) featuring the moody monochrome cinematography of the legendary John Alton, Mann segues into the genre he would … Continue reading

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Capsule Reviews: June 21 – 23

The Phantom Carriage (Victor Sjöström, 1920) – 3.5/5 Sjöström’s silent morality play proves a classic example of style over substance (and not in the pejorative sense). Based on a popular novel written as a hygienic diatribe against “consumption” (TB, not … Continue reading

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Capsule Reviews: June 3 – 6

Witchfinder General (aka The Conqueror Worm, Michael Reeves, 1968) – 4/5 As the titular unscrupulous witch hunter, Vincent Price gives one of his most malevolent and restrained performances. Writer/director Reeves, who died from an overdose less than a year later … Continue reading

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Passing Strange

SURREALISM AND FILM NOIR In his book More Than Night: Film Noir in its Contexts (2008), James Naremore discusses the comparative neglect accorded the influence of Surrealism in discussing the genesis of films noir: “The importance of existentialism to the … Continue reading

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