Just finished watching my first film noir film

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  1. Allen Longcor

    Allen Longcor Supporting Actor

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    Well, the ones that were recommended to me on this board anyways. I watched Chinatown for the first time and it was a very good film. Of course I ordered it on Friday and on Sunday it was advertised for $12.99 at Best Buy. I only payed a few bucks more so no biggie. Next up I watch Kiss Me Deadly.
     
  2. Allen Longcor

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    Any other movies you guys listed I should purchase immediately?
     
  3. Mick Wright

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    LA Confidential, Blood Simple.
     
  4. Mike_S

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    Here are a few more that come to mind:

    THE MALTESE FALCON

    DOUBLE INDEMNITY

    THE BIG SLEEP

    THE BIG HEAT

    CRISS CROSS

    THE KILLERS

    THE USUAL SUSPECTS
     
  5. Patrick McCart

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    The Maltese Falcon!

    WB's DVD looks wonderful and is from nitrate, so the image retains that great luminance and glow.

    It also has some nifty extras including the original trailer.

    "Come closer...too close! Have you no shame?! Step back!"
     
  6. Chad Parks

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    Well, purists wouldn't really consider Chinatown 'film noir', but I'm glad you're considering the genre.

    I'd go with The Big Sleep and the Maltese Falcon (as recommended above by Mike), as they are a good start on your journey.
     
  7. Mark Walker

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    The Lady From Shang-Hai has some truly
    great moments, and Rita Hayworth is a knock out as a
    blonde.
    The Third Man is a film I had never heard
    of, and then Criterion released this DVD and I about
    freaked out over how good it is. I must have watched
    this move 20 times that month. Simply gorgeous.
    Ebert said it was his favorite DVD of 2001,
    and I am inclined to agree. The
    DVD even had the radio dramas, including The Ticket
    to Tangiers
    , which Orson Welles gives a
    great performance as Harry Lime.
    NOT TO BE MISSED!
    Mark
     
  8. RoyGBiv

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    Two others you have got to see are Bound and Fargo. Red Rock West also by the Coen brothers, as is Blood Simple, is OK. The Maltese Falcon is one of my all-time favorite movies. And don't forget Casablanca, sort of film noir. "Here's looking at you, kid."

    SMK
     
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  10. Mark Walker

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    I just want to lend my "I fully agree!"
    To RED ROCK WEST as a kind of rural film noir.
    It is directd by John Dahl, who also did the
    fantastic The Last Seduction, which
    has been rumored to be coming to DVD for some time.
    Oh, and one more thing, BOUND is a
    simply amazing film. The cinematography is so
    gorgeous! Ebert and Siskel both had it in their
    top 10 for the year it came out. Now, some may say
    het guys are biased, because the film also features
    some amazingly hot lesbian sex, but I am 100% a gay gay,
    and I love this film! It has a lot more going for it
    than just Gina and Jennifer getting it on...
    It was made by the Wachowski brothers, who made another
    film you might have heard of The Matrix.
    Bill Pope did the cinematography for both. He and Jack
    Cardiff are my favorite Directors of Photography.
    Mark
     
  11. Mark Bendiksen

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    Let me toss in a vote for Rififi.
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  12. Ryan L B

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    citizen kane
     
  13. Allen Longcor

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    I've actually seen Bound, Usual Suspects, Fargo, and many contemperary movies. I will check out all your recommendations though. I do see that The Third Man is in full frame, is there now widescreen version on the horizon?
     
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    The Killing by Kubrick

    Touch of Evil by Welles

    and has anyone mentioned "Night of the Hunter"
     
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    The Third Man
    I know it's already been mentioned, but it deserves another. If you're at all interested in film noir, you must watch this film.
    BTW, The Third Man, Citizen Kane, and most films made before 1950 have a full frame, 1.33:1 aspect ratio. There is not, nor should there be, a widescreen version.
     
  16. RoyGBiv

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    One more that I think is great, but is a real Grade B movie is DOA. Not the one with Dennis Quaid, the original with Edmumd O'Brien. I am not sure it's on DVD, though, as I haven't seen it in some time.

    SMK
     
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    D.O.A. came out on dvd back in 2000. There were two different dvd releases, one from Roan and the other from Image. At that time, I bought both versions to do a quality comparison and since both dvds were very cheap due to the price war's still happening at that time.

    Crawdaddy
     
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    All of the above and The Postman Always Rings Twice.
     

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