Richard Widmark in 'Night and the City'
Richard Widmark in Jules Dassin’s Night and the City (1950)

Heads up. Our friends over at MovieZeal are launching Noir Month on Friday. That’s right. 31 days of wall-to-wall noir action with daily reviews and articles from Evan, Luke and Phillip plus a host of guest writers including many names that will be familiar to readers of LiC.

What are you waiting for? Grab your trench coat and pop on over to MovieZeal for a look at the guest list and review schedule.


23 Responses to “Noir Zeal”

  1. Thanks for the heads up. I just popped over to take a look and their list of films to be viewed is terrific. And they’re including Sweet Smell of Success, which I just watched again last weekend and was part of this week’s Watercooler discussion. :-)

  2. It should be a lot of fun. I loves me some noir.

  3. Should be fun. I expect my Netflix queue to be brimming with noir by the end of August.

  4. I am sure this will be a worthwhile event. To add to this thread (but not to sound like a know-it all– as so many LIC regulars love and know film noir as much or more than I do) but in the spirit of fun I present my own favorite noir films.

    Both THE THIRD MAN and SUNSET BOULEVARD would head my list, but neither is truly noir in the definitive sense.

    So here are my own favorites in no particular order:

    The Maltese Falson
    Double Indemnity
    The Big Heat
    Out of the Past
    The Asphalt Jungle
    Force of Evil
    This Gun For Hire
    The Naked City (and other Dassins)
    Woman in the Window
    Touch of Evil
    Scarlett Street
    The Postman Always Rings Twice
    Murder My Sweet
    The Big Sleep
    Sweet Smell of Success
    The Killers
    The Set-Up
    Mildred Pierce
    Key Largo

    The last three I listed are not exclusively noir, I know, but they push close enough.

    Again, just my two cents, I realize nothing is revelatory here, just a statement of appreciation, which so many others share. There are so many to be added, not the least of which are some celebrated Cagnys.

  5. Since Widmark is featured, check this out:

    It’s a real tragedy that I skipped out on the first one, Widmark’s film debut, at the last minute on Monday. And yet I made time to see Step Brothers last week…

    Noir is a genre that I need to see much more of, so the timing of MZ’s month is great.

  6. Great list for the most part, Sam.

    I saw Woman in the Window last fall as part of a double feature with Laura and wasn’t too impressed with that one. Maybe it’s because it was back-to-back with Laura, which blew it out of the water.

  7. Film noir infuses my movie DNA. I’m really looking forward to reading MovieZeal’s month-long celebration.

  8. Movie Zeal has a very strong list. I particularly like that they included lesser knowm noir like Nightmare Alley and The Big Combo (one of my favorites). Enjoy Sam’s list too.

    I’d add Odds Against Tomorrow, The Breaking Point (a better adaptation and film than To Have and Have Not) Pickup On South Street, Thieves’ Highway, Whirlpool, Kazan’s Panic in the Streets and, for me, the ultimate Dana Andrews/Gene Tierney noir, Where the Sidewalk Ends.

  9. Sam’s list might be excellent or it might be crummy, but Mrs. Guilano didn’t raise any children dippy enough to make guesses in front of the internets.

  10. Okay, I’m truly a little scared by the fact that not only have I seen all of MZ’s noirs, as I told Evan when he brought this up to me a number of weeks back, but I’ve seen all of Sam’s as well, and now all of Ari’s. A good number of them multiple times.

    Just wanted to wonder, how is this thing called weather? All I know from my film-viewing is the streets are wet, daytime is a rare occurrence and if you’re smart you’re packing heat.

  11. As a young tyke in the ’50s and early ’60s, I remember watching “old” movies on the only syndicated film channel we had at the time. These included noir films from the late ’40s and ’50s, which apparently were considered “junky” enough at the time to be recycled for the television graveyard. But such films as “Pickup on South Street” seemed oddly different to me from the usual ho-hum films being shown — dubbed toga/sandal epics, middlebrow film from the Depression and cheap slasher pics. I couldn’t figure out why everyone was going ape over Grace Kelley but curiously relegating Ida Lupino to 2 a.m. broadcast times — I had a crush on Ida that I couldn’t quite get my head around.

    It’s amazing how sometimes people don’t know what they’re seeing until later on.

  12. Stay off those rain slicked streets, Alexander. Hunker down in a dark corner and gaze up at the rotating ceiling fan that causes your face to alternately disappear into and emerge from shadow.

    Life’s a dark and twisted dream.

  13. Hi Pierre! Welcome back!

  14. LOL !!!!!!!!! Sartre on submission #9, and kudos on your submission #12.

    Pierre, I completely agree with you on your final statement there.

    And thanks to the three “A” people: Alison, Alexander, Ari

  15. Love that comment, Pierre, and welcome back. You hit the old nail on the head. Reminds me of seeing now-classic films as a teen on cable and not fully getting how soundly my world was being rocked but realizing that Blue Velvet, Brazil, and Blood Simple were not just regular movies.

  16. Pierre, I’ve missed you so much. Even though you’ve never visited my site…*sigh*

    You’re right. IDA was awesome. She had guts as well. She was a director in an era when practically no women were. She may not have been a blonde blue eyed (literal) princess like Ms. Kelly, but she surely was something special.


    I own DOUBLE INDEMNITY and THE THIRD MAN’S Criterion edition.

    I also think that OUT OF THE PAST, THE BIG SLEEP, THE KILLERS (OH MY LORD…AVA), MILDRED PIERCE and KEY LARGO are pretty damn sublime.

    But you always have the best taste, Sam.

    I also own TO HAVE & HAVE NOT. Not exactly a noir but very close to it – & endlessly awesome.

    Evan said that they’re not doing any neonoirs over at MOVIEZEAL (like my faves BODY HEAT and ROMEO IS BLEEDING). I dig a lot of the newer stuff even more than the old classics.

    No purist I.

    I could go on all day…

  17. Thank You very much for that Miranda.

  18. Aww, you’re welcome, Sam…

  19. Thanks for the holler, Craig. I’m glad to see that the list we’ve chosen is registering positively with people. And, truly, it was difficult cutting the number down to 31. There were so many that I wanted to keep but, in the end, had to let go.

    And Alexander…Best.Comment.Of.The.Week.

  20. Miranda’s right on with Neo-Noir. Follow the Noir Month with a Neo-Noir month. Taxi Driver, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Body Heat (which I also love deeply), LA Confidential, Bound, The Most Terrible Time In My Life, etc. Lots of good movies.

  21. Thanks for the boost, Ari.

    MULHOLLAND DRIVE and BOUND are both fabulous.

    Everybody probably knows how much I adore LA CONFIDENTIAL by now. I could do scenes verbatim off the top of my head.

    I think a NEONOIR MONTH would be a splendid idea.

    Great minds and all that…

  22. Alison, Joel, Miranda — thanks for the reception. I don’t have as much time these days to visit the film sites. But I promise, Miranda, I’ll drop by soon.

  23. Pierre, I did hear some sort of a rumour that you were involved in something quite important and fairly time consuming. So hanging out at film sites had ceased to be much of a priority.

    I totally understand…

    I just want you to know that you’re always welcome at CINEMATIC PASSIONS. So feel free to visit when stuff is less hectic.

    Not to worry. I’ll keep the light on for you…

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