Film Noir

Gary Leva – Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light (2006)

The documentary “Film noir: Bringing darkness to light,” completed in 2006 and produced and directed by Gary Leva, is far superior to any of the film-noir documentaries available on public-domain collections of film noir for several reasons: (1) At 68 min., the subject is treated in depth. (2) The B&W clips from films as well as the interviews in color and color film posters are of excellent quality. (3) The clips, some from rarely seen films, are precise selections, unlike the fuzzy, often lengthy trailers included in previous noir documentaries. (4) Read More »

Robert Rossen – All the King’s Men (1949) (HD)

The rise and fall of a corrupt politician, who makes his friends richer and retains power by dint of a populist appeal. Read More »

Jack Garfein – The Strange One (1957)

Storyline
Jocko De Paris, cadet leader in a Southern military academy, so manipulates events that George Avery, Jr., son of the school’s executive officer, is found drunk and expelled. Through various pressures, Jocko silences such involuntary accomplices as his roommate Harold Koble, football star Roger Gatt and freshmen Robert Marquales and Maynard Simmons, a girl-fearing cadet whom Jocko terrorizes into dating Rosebud, a town girl. Read More »

Paul Guilfoyle – A Life at Stake (1954)

Story
After a married woman has had an illicit affair, mysterious accidents began happening to her husband. Read More »

Edward Dmytryk – The Sniper (1952)

Synopsis:
Apparently rejected by women all his life, a loner with a high-power rifle starts on a trail of murder. The police are baffled by the apparently random killings until their psychologist comes up with some ideas. Read More »

Arch Oboler – Bewitched (1945)

Austrian Film Museum writes:
Bewitchedis an audaciously stylized psychodrama that marked the keenly anticipated directorial debut of Arch Oboler, a brilliant enfant terrible of radio drama whose popular horror series Lights Out and scandalous Adam and Eve parody – with none other than Charlie McCarthy and Mae West in the biblical roles -earned him regular comparison with Orson Welles. Obolian accepted the inevitable invitation to Hollywood where he worked successfully as a screenwriter before directing this striking adaptation of his own celebrated radio play Alter Ego. Bewitched. Read More »

Carol Reed – Odd Man Out (1947)

Plot synopsis:
Johnny McQueen, leader of a clandestine Irish organization, has been hiding in the house of Kathleen and her mother, planning a hold-up that will provide his group with the funds needed to continue its activities. During the hold-up, things go sour… Read More »