Category Archives: Posts by Karen Burroughs Hannsberry

Noir Nook: Not Your Average Noir

Noir Nook: Not Your Average Noir What are the characteristics of film noir? Femme Fatales? Voiceover narration? Flashbacks? Cynical anti-hero? Deep shadows and single-source lighting? Urban setting? Unique camera angles? Hard-boiled detective? Yes. And no. You won’t find every one … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Noirish Beginnings (Part 2)

Noir Nook: Noirish Beginnings (Part 2) First impressions, Mama always said, are important. Our introductions to film noir features aren’t necessarily indisputable predictors of the quality of the picture ahead, but there are certainly those that grab you within the … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Gilda (1946) Trivia

Noir Nook: Gilda (1946) Trivia One of noir’s most twisted love affairs is depicted in Columbia’s Gilda (1946), which stars Rita Hayworth in the title role and Glenn Ford as her former lover. In celebration of the season of love, … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Ripped From the Headlines – Try and Get Me (1950)

Noir Nook: Ripped From the Headlines – Try and Get Me (1950) This is an unpleasant post about an unpleasant movie based on an unpleasant, real-life incident. With luck, this post will be the worst thing about the new year. … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Five Things I Love About Martha Ivers

Noir Nook: Five Things I Love About Martha Ivers When you think about femme fatales in film noir, who are the first dames to come to mind? Phyllis Dietrichson from Double Indemnity, certainly, and Kathie Moffat from Out of the … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Dame Name Noirs – Mildred Pierce (1945)

Noir Nook: Dame Name Noirs – Mildred Pierce (1945) If you know anything about me, you know I love my noir dames. Everything about them fascinates me – from their fearless approach to life to their mercenary ways – and … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: More Unsung Noirs

Noir Nook: More Unsung Noirs Out the Past. Double Indemnity. Laura. Blah blah blah. We all know about these often-seen and much-loved noirs. But what about the unsung features? The ones that nobody talks about? The ones that many noir … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: 10 Things About The Asphalt Jungle (1950) That You May Not Know

Noir Nook: 10 Things About The Asphalt Jungle (1950) That You May Not Know Of all of the noirs I’ve seen in my lifetime, one of the absolute best, in my estimation, is The Asphalt Jungle (1950). It has so … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Noir Femmes in the Fan Mags

Noir Nook: Noir Femmes in the Fan Mags At last year’s Turner Classic Movies Film Festival, one of the special presentations was entitled “Celebrity Culture and Hollywood Love Stories.” Hosted by David Pierce, Assistant Chief of the National Audio-Visual Conservation … Continue reading

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Noir Nook: Noir Vets on Mystery Science Theater 3000

Noir Nook: Noir Vets on Mystery Science Theater 3000 I don’t know about you, but I have a tendency to get into cinematic obsessions. One week, I won’t want to watch anything but William Holden movies, another week, nothing but … Continue reading

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