Author Archives: Danilo Castro

Film Noir Review: The Brasher Doubloon (1947)

“Rule 1 for private detectives: always deposit retainer before client changes mind.” We all love Philip Marlowe. He’s the essence of film noir distilled to a single character, and he’s responsible for more classics than most screen detectives combined. The … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: The Wrong Man (1956)

“An innocent man has nothing to fear, remember that.” Alfred Hitchcock was nothing if not a dramatist. He loved taking trivial settings and inundating them with so much tension that something as trivial as delivering a glass of milk or … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Il bidone (1955)

“We’ve gotta figure out something better. We can’t go on like this.” Film noir was an American phenomenon during the 1940s and 50s. It was built on the foundation of stateside pulp writers, and thrived on the sex appeal and … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Odds Against Tomorrow (1959)

“Like you said, it’s just one role of the dice, doesn’t matter what color they are.” Robert Wise is a fascinating case study. In a medium built on radical storytellers and auteurs, Wise is the epitome of a craftsman; a … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: I, the Jury (1953)

“I never wanted the world. Just room enough for the two of us.” Mike Hammer has a strange cinematic history, especially when compared to other classic detectives. He toiled in B-movie adaptations while P.I. ‘s like Sam Spade and Philip … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: The Argyle Secrets (1948)

“I got so mixed up I didn’t know what I was doing.” The Argyle Secrets has a lot working against it. It has no movie stars, and the film’s writer/director, Cy Endfield, is mostly remembered for being part of the … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Call Northside 777 (1948)

“It’s a good world, outside.” No actor better represents American decency than James Stewart. In both his military and movie career, Stewart was the everyman, the humble hero who managed to get the job done through sheer force of will. … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: The Drowning Pool (1975)

“Oh sometimes I do better than others.” Paul Newman is the quintessential movie star. Some were more iconic, or more quotable, perhaps, but no actor has managed to compete with Newman’s impeccable blend of good looks, talent, and longevity. He … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Touch of Evil (1958)

“Your future’s all used up.” Orson Welles was an architect of film noir before the style had even been identified. His debut release, Citizen Kane (1941), was revolutionary for the artform as a whole, but the film’s shadowy visuals and … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: 10 (More) Film Noir-Horror Crossovers

10 (More) Film Noir-Horror Crossovers Horror and noir are the demented cousins of cinema. Dark in style and content, they approach the worst elements of mankind from different angles, though they often arrive at the same morbid destination. Given how … Continue reading

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