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The Glass Key (1942)

2 December 2021 Peter Strempel 0

Stuart Heisler’s screen adaptation of Dashiell Hammet’s The Glass Key gives us a character study of the noir anti-hero as descended from Eve and the original sin.

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Crossfire (1947)

30 November 2021 Peter Strempel 0

Edward Dmytryk’s 1947 Crossfire courageously attacks the bigotry of antisemitism and, more subtly, homophobia, on a shoestring budget but with outstanding performances.

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Citizen Kane (1941)

13 November 2021 Peter Strempel 0

Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane (1941) is not quite the unsurpassed masterpiece often claimed, but it is nevertheless a considerable cinematic achievement.

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Laura 1944

23 October 2021 Peter Strempel 0

Laura (1944) is an entertaining murder mystery melodrama, highly acclaimed in its own time, but not really a film noir as uncritically and widely claimed today.

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Spellbound (1945)

8 April 2021 Peter Strempel 0

Alfred Hitchcock’s Spellbound remains captivating, though contexts have changed for genres, subject, and artistic treatment.