Saturday 14 May 2011

Soaked Up Noir

Lost Weekend

The Secret in their Eyes

Our Man in Havana

                                                      Morning After

To Have and Have Not

   He took me around the corner and a block and a half south on Tenth Avenue to a tavern that belonged at the end of somebody's qualification. I didn't catch the name and i'm not sure if it had one. They could have called it Last Stop Before Detox.

Eight Million Ways to Die
Lawrence Block 

Missing Person

Long Voyage Home

In the Electric Mist

Key Largo

                                                            Fat City

Nightmare Alley


Touch of Evil


Streetcar named Desire

                                                 Days of Wine and Roses

Friends of Eddie Coyle

In a Lonely Place

Le Cercle Rouge

Spy Who Came in from the Cold

The Verdict


Mikey and Nicky

                                                    Small Back Room

Blast of Silence

        This is the ultimate low budget underground Noir movie and something of a 'lost masterpiece' made in 1961. Scorcese described it as his 'favourite New york movie' and it has a devoted cult following who adore the nihilistic story of the lone hit man sent into the Big Apple over Christmas Season.

Thursday 5 May 2011

Jean Pierre Melville

          Once described as an American in Paris due to his love of all things americain (ie/ fedoras, raincoats, etc) but definitely made his superb series of Noir masterpieces as a true Frenchman often demonstrating the need for very little dialogue in achieving great atmosphere.

                                                         Le Samourai

                                                      Bob le Flambeur

Le Cercle Rouge

                                                      Deuxiemme Souffle

Armee Des Ombres

                                                   Melville with Alain Delon