As someone whose interest in noir has led to the publication of two books on this topic, (with Femme Noir's release in paperback imminent), could you please offer a brief outline about what sparked your interest in this type of film and why you think it has continued resonance with so many of us?
My favorite actor in the style/"genre" is Robert Ryan, so anything you can share about where you place him in the noir universe or any interesting insight you can share about his contributions would be appreciated.
stuart.uk wrote:I'm from the UK and I'm trying to think of UK bad boys and girls of the genre . . .
charliechaplinfan wrote:Well I'm here to learn I hadn't watched many noir films until ast year. Favorite ones The Big Sleep, A Touch of Evil, Sorry Wrong Number, Double Indemnity, they are the better known but I don't think there are any noirs I don't like. I'm ready to know more.
moirafinnie wrote:Since Charliechaplinfan brought the subject up. could you please list some essential noirs for a neophyte fan, Karen?
MissGoddess wrote:What do you think of The Reckless Moment? I absolutely love this film. Joan Bennett and
James Mason gave me the biggest surprise when I first saw it. . . I always admired both stars,
but never had they moved me emotionally as they did in this marvelous film by director Max
Opuls. how I wish TCM would air it, or they would release it on DVD here in the states. There's
a beautiful print out there, and it was released overseas. Which leads me to another question,
if I may ask: What do you consider some of the most under appreciated films noir?
moirafinnie wrote:One of the most interesting chapters of your book on women of noir was the detailed look at Helen Walker. Most people ascribe her brief, dazzling rise, most memorably appearing as Lilith in Nightmare Alley, and her subsequent rapid fall, to that accident that occurred when she gave some servicemen a ride. Do you think it was more complex than that?
Could you please comment on the haunting Gail Russell as a key female figure in film noir of a very different variety than Walker?
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