Author Archives: Danilo Castro

Film Noir Review: Angel Face (1953)

“If I were a cop, and not a very bright cop at that, I’d say that your story was as phony as a three dollar bill.” The quality of a film can usually be gauged by a few key elements. … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: 10 (More) Classic Films Noir for the Holidays

10 More Classic Film Noirs for the Holidays Novelist Douglas Coupland once said that “Christmas makes everything twice as sad.” His quote may have stemmed from a place of tender melancholy, but here at CMH’s Film Noir section, we’d like … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Desperate (1947)

“Out of every seven guys who go to the chair, six go yelling, “I’m innocent!’” Desperate (1947) is a prime example of what I’d like to call the “partial noir.” These are films that, despite their accomplished casts and moody visuals, … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Armored Car Robbery (1950)

“Tough break, Marsha.” The heist movie is a subset of film noir that rewards brevity. The characters in these films are professionals, articulate men who find success in choosing their actions and their words carefully. Mere seconds can mean the … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: The Long Goodbye (1973)

“That’s you Marlowe. You’ll never learn, you’re a born loser.” In the pantheon of great film detectives, Philip Marlowe stands alone. Sam Spade might have been first, and Mike Hammer might have more in common with the action heroes of … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Vertigo (1958)

“If I let you change me, will that do it? If I do what you tell me, will you love me?” As cinema’s reigning “Master of Suspense”, Alfred Hitchcock usually made a point of keeping his audience in the loop. … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)

 “Operator, I’ve been ringing Murray Hill 35097 for the last half hour and the line is always busy.” While the film noir continues to thrive in the modern day, a stylistic shoot-off, the melodramatic noir, remains frozen in the ember … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Journey into Fear (1943)

“Oh, by the way, have you a gun in your luggage?” The public’s fascination with Orson Welles continues to grow over the years, much like the man’s waistline in his older age. This is partly by design (the fascination, not … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: 10 Classic Films Noir for the Holidays

For many, the holidays are the happiest time of the year. It’s hard to match the euphoric feeling of being with loved ones, exchanging gifts, and doing so to the tune of any number of classic songs. That said, such … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: 10 Classic Film Noir-Horror Crossovers

10 Classic Film Noir-Horror Crossovers Horror and film noir have always been kindred spirits. The bleakest of movie genres, they’ve spent decades exploring the dirty crevices of humanity and projecting their findings on the big screen. They have their cosmetic … Continue reading

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