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This Gun For Hire , 1942
American crime drama film noir, directed by Frank Tuttle and based on the novel A Gun for Sale by Graham Greene. The drama features Veronica Lake, Robert Preston, Laird Cregar, Alan Ladd, among others. It was a big box office success when released and Lake's other films of 1942, The Glass Key and I Married a Witch were also box office hits. Paramount then considered Veronica Lake their top star ahead of others such as Dorothy Lamour. Double crossing and betrayal and vengeance are key elements in this movie.
Chinatown , 1974
Directed by Roman Polansky, Won Oscar. Another 18 wins & 22 nominations, with Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Houston.The film features many elements of the modern neo noir genre, particularly a multi-layered story that is part mystery and part psychological drama. It was released by Paramount Pictures. The story, set in Los Angeles in 1937, was inspired by the historical disputes over land and water rights that had raged in southern California during the 1910s and 20s, in which William Mulholland acted on behalf of Los Angeles interests to secure water rights in the Owens Valley. Chinatown was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.
Key Largo , 1948
Directed by Jhon Houston , a 1948 film noir starring Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore, and Claire Trevor. This was the fourth and final film pairing of married actors Bogart and Bacall. Trevor won the 1948 Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance. A storm of fear and fury in the sizzling Florida Keys.
The Maltese Falcon , 1941
Written and directed by John Huston, film based on novel of the same name by Dashiell Hammett, the movie stars Humphrey Bogart as private investigator Sam Spade; Mary Astor as his femme fatale client; Gladys George, who received third billing despite having a relatively minor role; Peter Lorre; and Sydney Greenstreet in his film debut. The film was Huston's directorial debut and was nominated for three Academy Awards. The story concerns a San Francisco private detective's dealings with three unscrupulous adventurers who compete to obtain a fabulous jewel-encrusted statuette of a falcon. It has been named as one of the greatest films of all time by Roger Ebert, and Entertainment Weekly,and was cited by Panorama du Film Noir Américain, the first major work on film noir, as the first film of that genre. It premiered on October 3, 1941 in New York City and was selected for inclusion in the Library of Congress' National Film Registry in 1989.
The Postman Always Ring Twice, 1946
Directed by Tay Garnett,with Lana Turner , John Garfield . A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband... but even once the deed is done, they must live with the consequences of their actions. Based on a novel by James M Cain , it took 12 years to adapt the explicit material (by 1940 standards) of the novel into a screenplay tame enough to comply with the Production Code prevalent at the time. There was another version in 1981 with Jessica Lange and Jack Nicholson.
Point Of No Return , 1967
Directed by John Boorman in 1967, Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, Keenan Wynn, Carroll O'Connor, John Vernon. Criminal's Revenge, dishonor among thieves and treacherous spouses. Lee Marvin stars as the lethal Walker in Boorman's stunningly stylized daylight noir, Mal Reese (John Vernon), Walker's partner in crime, shoots him and leaves him for dead on desolate Alcatraz Island just after they've pulled off a huge heist.
Pulp , 1972
comedy , directed by Mike Hodges , A retired expatriate Hollywood actor, who starred in gangster movies, hires a paperback writer to ghost his autobiography. But the mystery writer soon becomes a target for murder. With Michael Caine and Mickey Rooney. Much of the comedy comes from well delivered one liners parodying the pulp novelist, so often seen today but done well for the first time in this film, but the understated "black slapstick" and the stoic character portrayed by Caine have much comedic value.
The Third Man, 1949
British classic film noir Directed by Carol Reed David Ol Selznick ,starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles, and Trevor Howard. The screenplay was written by novelist Graham Greene, later becoming his novel of the same name. It won an Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations. Set in bombed-out, post-war Vienna, it features Joseph Cotten as Holly Martins, a pulp novelist who has come to post-WWII Vienna with the promise of work from his friend, Harry Lime (Orson Welles). When he finds that Lime has just been killed in a questionable car accident, he decides to remain in the city to investigate his friend's demise.
The Black Dahlia , 2006
Directed by Brian De Palma. Nominated for the Oscar,7 more nominations. A modern reenactment of a classic film noir by De Palma, from a past master of the macabre and complicated unsolved crime in 1947 Hollywood. With Josh Harnett and Scarlet Johansson. Classic line by Hartnett's character, the detective says, "Nothing stays buried forever, Nothing.
Wuthering Heights , 1939
April 1939, I Oscar plus 2 more wins and 7 more nominations. Directed by William Wyler. Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heigths classic masterpiece. Merle Oberon, Sir Lawrence Oliver, and a very young David Niven , saga of the tormented love of Cathy for the stable boy Heathcliff. Why they don't make more cinema like this today with so rich and intense dialogues ?
My best 10 selection on the film-noir genre.