Evidently, this was the second showing of the restored version because I now remembered seeing those restoration credits during out first showing on Noir Alley back on 12-29-19. Here are our comments about the film.View attachment 123624 View attachment 123625
This weekend's "Noir Alley" movie is "Repeat Performance" (1947). This is the second showing of this fine movie on "Noir Alley". However, I think this is the first showing of the Film Foundation's restoration of the movie which Flicker Alley is releasing onto Blu-ray next month on February 11th. I still can't believe that Joan Leslie was only 21 years old when filming began on this movie. This was Richard Basehart's film debut.
Updated TCM's Noir Alley 2022 schedule:
01-01-22: Repeat Performance
01-08-22: Nightmare Alley
01-15-22: The Mob
01-29-22: Quai des Orfèvres
02-05-22: The Turning Point
02-12-22: Side Street
02-19-22: Cast a Dark Shadow
Thanks for that link. I still plan a rewatch (maybe tonight), but it’s good to know what I thought a couple of years ago.
Thanks to member mskaye posting it in another thread. This 39 minute podcast which is part 1 of two segments featuring George Feltenstein and Alan K. Rode (Film Noir Foundation) talking about Angels with Dirty Faces and other Michael Curtiz films. Again, this is part 1 of two segments. I'll post part 2 shortly.
A really good listen as both George and Alan grew up in NYC Metro area about the same time as I did and they talk about how Channel 5 (WNEW) with Warner titles and Channel 9 (WWOR) with RKO titles influenced them as it did me.
There is little doubt in my mind that "Pursued" (1947) is a western film noir. Anybody disagrees with that opinion?
I think you’re reading a little bit too much in a 45 second snippet.Honorary? This is where Eddie Muller and I disagree.
I always considered "Pursued" one of the great Noirs, and one of the great films of its decade, as well as one of the great films of its director, Raoul Walsh.
"Pursued" has all the hallmarks of Noir, both in the way it's photographed, and also in its themes. Just because the characters wear spurs and ride horses doesn't change anything.
(I heard a bit of condescension in Mr. Muller's voice when he spoke the word "western" as well as "honorary", but maybe I was mistaken)
Film is film. And Noir is Noir.
Noir can be found anywhere.
Noir is not a genre.
Noir is not a style.
Noir is a state of mind and a way of being.
While Noir is often concerned with crime, that isn't intrinsic to what makes it Noir.
Yes, as Mr. Muller mentioned, it does involve the dark past; that is, being haunted by it, which also shapes the look of the film.
It also involves a tragic sense of life, as if each breath you take may be your last, and when despair is transformed into an awareness of the present moment.
This is also very much a part of Noir, and it's certainly present in "Pursued."
In fact, the first time I'm aware that a French writer used the word "Noir", I believe it was Albert Camus, in reference to an American novel from the 1930's, "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?", which was a major influence on his novel, "The Stranger".
Neither "They Shoot Horses, Don't They?" or "The Stranger" are crime novels, but does that make them "honorary" Noirs?
Literary scholars don't think so.
"Pursued" isn't honorary either.
OK. End of rant.
I'm unaware of any Blu-ray disc. I love the film and would snap up any high definition release on disc.View attachment 124314
Has this fine film been released on Blu-ray anywhere? One of my favorite James Mason acting performances. Anyhow, I watched it again on "The Criterion Channel" this morning. One of the best espionage movies ever made with Michael Wilson writing the screenplay based on a real person and events. Filmed on location with Joe Mankiewicz directing.
I thought the Criterion Blu-ray looked great. Eddie's comments were fine, but the 31+ minute interview with Imogen Sara Smith on the Criterion disc was really good. I also enjoyed the 12 minute interview with Coleen Gray. I'd had a crush on her since I first saw "Red River" as a kid. It's funny how she did "Nightmare Alley" and "Kiss of Death" prior to "Red River".I just watched the Criterion Blu-ray a month or six weeks ago, so no need to watch it on TCM. But I'll record it to listen to Eddie's intro and outro which are sure to be interesting.