Looking for some good film noir movies

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  1. Allen Longcor

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    I'm interested in watching some but honestly don't know of any. Could you guys help me out by listing some DVDs to check out?
     
  2. Kevin Sharp

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    I assume you're talking about "old school" film noir vs. more modern ones like USUAL SUSPECTS, SEVEN, MEMENTO, etc.
    On DVD:
    KISS ME DEADLY
    THE BIG HEAT
    THE NAKED CITY
    T-MEN
    RIFIFI
    THE KILLING
    DOUBLE INDEMNITY (though it's not the greatest DVD)
     
  3. Allen Longcor

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    Yeah I meant "old school" black and white films. Thanks for starting it off [​IMG]
     
  4. PatrickL

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    Great film with a not so great DVD: Robert Mitchum as Philip Marlowe in Farewell My Lovely. It's in color, but don't hold that against it. [​IMG]
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    Still the best film noir, IMO. The DVD's video is excellent with just some really minor specks/scratches and one rough (duped) scene. The audio is perfectly clear (with just about as good fidelity as a 1941 soundtrack can get.) There's also the original (and amusing) trailer, Satan Met A Lady's trailer (1936 adapt. of The Maltese Falcon), a facinating 30-min. program about the trailers of Humphrey Bogart's Warner films (about 10 trailers), cast & crew info, and an essay on detective novels and film noir.
     
  7. Jay E

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    I would like to add Detour, the greatest "B" movie ever made.
     
  8. Paul_D

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    Here are a couple of my favourite film noirs, that no one has mentioned yet. Some may be considered fringe, because they use the same technical and stylistic characteristics of film noir but not the strict plot emelements:
    Laura
    Sweet Smell of Success
    The Postman Always Rings Twice (original)
    Build My Gallows High (aka Out of the Past)
    Night and the City (original)
    The Asphalt Jungle (Marilyn Monroe)
    You can't go wrong with anything starring Richard Widmark. [​IMG]
    I'm not sure if some of these are on DVD yet, but they're all classics.
     
  9. Josh_Hill

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    Dark City is a favorite of mine.
     
  10. Craig Cunningham

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    In addition to those already mentioned...
    Cape Fear (1960)
    Touch of Evil
    L.A. Confidential
    Chinatown
    Big Sleep, The
    Shadow Of A Doubt
    Notorious
     
  11. Deepak Shenoy

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    Here's a list from my personal collection :
    The Big Heat
    The Big Sleep (1946)
    Blood Simple
    Body Heat
    Cape Fear (1962)
    Chinatown
    Double Indemnity
    The Grifters
    The Killing
    Kiss Me Deadly
    Klute
    The Maltese Falcon
    The Night of the Hunter
    Notorious
    Red Rock West
    Rififi
    Shadow of a Doubt
    Strangers on a Train
    Sweet Smell of Success
    The Third Man
    Vertigo
    I would recommend all of them except Double Indemnity (wait for better DVD). Some of the greatest noir films not yet on DVD are :
    Sunset Boulevard
    Out of the Past
    Laura
    The Postman Always Rings Twice
    Murder, My Sweet
    Criss Cross
    The Killers
     
  12. Josh_Hill

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    Memento
     
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    nt
     
  14. Allen Longcor

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    That's not nice Chad he was just trying to help me. No need to flame him. I mean what exactly did your post add to my question? Let's all be friends eheh.

    Thanks to everyone who has posted so far. I'm going to have to look up all of these and see what sounds interesting and get started watching them!
     
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    Coming soon to DVD - Mildred Pierce. Buy this immediately, I know I will!
     
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    can anyone recommend which DVD version of D.O.A. to get. it appears that more than one is available at DVDEmpire and Amazon. great thread Allen. i am also quite interested in getting some film noir into my collection.
     
  17. Walter Kittel

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    There are some fine suggestions in this thread. I doubt that you could go wrong with just about any film already mentioned... I'll add a few more to the mix -
    Gilda - Solid cinematography and fine performances from Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, and George Macready make this film a real treat. Hayworth's incendiary performance of 'Put the Blame on Mame' is worth the purchase price of the disc, all by itself.
    The Lady from Shanghai - Another Hayworth film that features some memorable imagery.
    Red Rock West by John Dahl has already been mentioned, and I concur with that recommendation. Another Dahl film that works reasonably well as a neo noir is Kill Me Again with Val Kilmer, Joanne Whalley and Michael Madsen.
    Definitely check out Mildred Pierce when it is released later this year. There is some wonderful photography by Ernest Haller in this film.
    While I've viewed and enjoyed many of the noirs already discussed, I have to specifically mention Fritz Lang's The Big Heat. This is easily one of the strongest titles in the noir genre. The film, in a sense, anticipates the vigilantism of Dirty Harry and films of its ilk, with its portrayal of Dave Bannion ( Glenn Ford ) as an obsessed policeman who will go to any lengths to stop a crime lord and his henchman. If you are fan of Lee Marvin, this title is a must see for Marvin's brutal characterization of the malevolent Vince Stone.
    Another film to note, that will be released to DVD on May 14th, is Henry Hathaway's Niagara starring Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotton, and Jean Peters. I haven't had the pleasure of viewing this title, but based on Hathaway's other works, including 1947's Kiss Of Death; I'm sure I'll be pleased with this film.
    Unfortunately many of the best films of the noir genre were produced by RKO Pictures which means that they, along with countless other films languish in Warner Bros.'s vaults. I keep hoping that Warner will start ramping up catalog production, but who knows if that will happen. I love film noir, but the under-representation of this genre in the DVD format sure gets depressing. (sigh)
    - Walter.
     
  18. Ben Harpold

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    Two of my favorites and I'm not sure if they've been mentioned are In A Lonely Place and The Big Sleep (Humphrey Bogart version). However In a Lonely Place isn't on DVD yet.

    Dark Passage and The Killing are also good.
     
  19. Mark Walker

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    So what are some of your thoughts on
    Kurosawa's High and Low?
    The Criterion DVD labels it as noir.
    Now, I like the Kurosawa films that I have
    seen (Ran, Dreams, Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress),
    but I am wondering if I should buy High & Low,
    sight unseen on the basis of it being called "noir."?
    Just cannot imagine it, but Kurosawa could do it if
    anyone could. [​IMG]
    Any advice?
    Mark
     
  20. Jon Robertson

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    I love Stanley Kubrick's sophomore effort Killer's Kiss, but many find it merely "interesting".

    If they count:

    Wages of Fear

    Le Trou

    The Naked Kiss

    Alphaville

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