By Ronald Schwartz
This examniation of the cinematic sort of movie noir originals and their neo-noir remakes compares thirty-five movies, starting with Billy Wilder's vintage Double Indemnity and concluding with Jim McBride's Breathless. In-depth research of the movies clarify the features and features of movie noir, whereas offering severe readings of either the originals and the remakes. the main major motion pictures given that 1944 are reviewed and exhibit the ever-changing values in American society. As this examine finds, the noir sort considerably impacted American movie and neo-noir remakes attest to its persevered attractiveness in cinematic art.
This paintings will entice movie students and to fanatics of movie noir. Filmogrpahies and video details stick with each one bankruptcy. Appendices in short clarify the roots of many noir motion pictures mentioned within the textual content besides their next remakes.
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Then Owen Taylor, the Sternwood chauffeur, is found dead, apparently having driven the Sternwood limousine off a dock into the Pacific Ocean. Then Arthur Geiger, the blackmailer, is found shot. We later learn that Joe Brody (played by Louis Jean Heydt) has the photos of Carmen and is trying to shake down the family. He is shot by Carol Lundgren (Tom Rafferty), Geiger’s chauffeur and sometime lover. ), in an attempt to blackmail the Sternwoods once again. But Jones is poisoned by a thug named Lash Canino (icily and memorably played by former western star Bob Steele) after Jones gives Canino the wrong address for Agnes.
When Turner is away, Garfield takes up with a circus animal trainer (Audrey Totter in the 1946 version; Jack Nicholson does the same with Angelica Huston in the 1981 film). This interlude does not advance the plot in any appreciable way, but perhaps underlines the “animal and itinerant behavoir” of Frank. The other spectacular scene is the one of night swimming. Turner, in a two-piece white bathing suit and white cap, and Garfield, wearing a full boxer-type bathing suit, look sensational, wet and dry.
It is a great pity that the scenes cut from the 1945 version were not included in the 1946 film, because they tend to make the screenplay more comprehensible. We miss James Flavin as Captain Cronjager, who is out to jail Marlowe and revoke his license for not reporting two earlier murders. Flavin’s scenes in the District Attorney’s office help to explain the motivation behind many of the crimes committed in the film. Also, most of the scenes of Officer Bernie Ohls (ably played by character actor Regis Toomey), Marlowe’s friend and contact who puts him on the Sternwood case, unfortunately wound up on the cutting room floor.