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The Films of Anthony Mann (Part 2): Railroaded, Raw Deal, Border Incident, Side Street

One of three films noir Anthony Mann released in 1947 alone (T-Men and Desperate being the other two), Railroaded is a solid, visually exciting genre effort, though at bottom it’s a fairly conventional police procedural, with just enough noir emphasis … Continue reading

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Capsule Reviews: June 17 – 20

Spies (Fritz Lang, 1928) – 4/5 In effect remaking his own Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler (1922), Lang interlards rip-roaring action pieces—the most impressive among them, a third-act train wreck—with a pretty conventional “romance between opposing sides” subplot, which never takes … Continue reading

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Capsule Reviews: June 7 – 9

Black Narcissus (Michael Powell, 1947) – 5/5 One of the great exemplars of Technicolor cinematography (provided by Jack Cardiff, who also lensed Powell’s equally ravishing follow-up The Red Shoes [1948]) – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. A … Continue reading

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Capsule Reviews: May 16 – 18

Michael Kohlhaas (Volker Schlöndorff, 1969) – 3.5/5 English-language adaptation of the Heinrich von Kleist novella, set in Germany during the ferment of the Reformation (early 16th century). Horse-trader Kohlhaas (David Warner) runs afoul of a local aristocrat who swindles him … Continue reading

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Capsule Reviews: May 9 – 12

Lured (Douglas Sirk, 1947) – 2.5/5 Given the fact that glossy melodramas (or, at least, their trappings) were Sirk’s forte, it should come as no surprise that this early noir fails for the most part to achieve, let alone sustain, … 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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