Category Archives: Posts by Danilo Castro

Film Noir Review: The Sniper (1952)

“Stop me — Find me and stop me. I’m going to do it again.” Edward Dmytryk was an outcast. Blacklisted as one of the Hollywood Ten, the Oscar-nominated director was jailed for his Communist ties in 1951 and forced to … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review : The Hoodlum (1951)

“You cheap hood. Always looking for a fall guy and never realizing you’re it.” Madeleine L’Engle once wrote: “You have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light.” Granted, L’Engle was speaking to humanity as a whole, but I’ve … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Harper (1966)

“Hey, this detective work is really fun!” Harper was adapted from Ross Macdonald’s debut novel The Moving Target, which, upon its release in 1949, was derided as a cheap imitation of other pulp writers. Macdonald’s detective, Lew Archer, lifted his surname … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Dark City (1950)

“Guys like you seldom get arrested. You get killed first.” Dark City is a prime example of intermingling genres. It’s upfront in its blend of horror and film noir, an agenda that’s alluded to in the opening sequence. Danny Haley (Charlton Heston) confidently struts … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: The Bribe (1949)

“I never knew a crooked road could look so straight.” In his 1998 book Dark City, Eddie Muller coins the film Thieves’ Highway (1949) as a case of “Steinbeck noir,” in reference to the dark spin put on the fruit markets … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

“Nobody ever gave me anything, so I don’t owe nobody!” With the Interstate Highway Act of the 1950s, film noir became mobile. Four lane freeways lined the country, and big city crooks were given free reign to explore rural America. … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: The Big Steal (1949)

“It’ll be getting dark soon. I hate the thought of spending the night with an empty revolver.” Robert Mitchum, owner of the sleepiest eyes in Hollywood, was arrested for smoking marijuana in 1948. The scandal shocked few within the industry, … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Lady in the Lake (1947)

“Some cases, like this one, kind of creep up on you on their hands and knees and the first thing you know, you’re in it up to your neck.” First person perspective was an idea that film noir flirted with … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: The Prowler (1951)

“So I’m no good, but I’m no worse than anybody else.” Film gris, noir’s political apt little brother, typically goes undiscussed in the industry. Granted, it’s far less sexy than a private eye or a femme fatale flick, but gris, … Continue reading

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Film Noir Review: Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

“Match me, Sidney…” Hollywood was overrun with exposés in the 1950s. Films like Sunset Boulevard (1950), Ace in the Hole (1951), and The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) dropped men and women into society’s underbelly with little in the way … Continue reading

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