My computer is still working but my internet is sketchy. Ahhh such is the life of a university student. And the life of a film student means my total film watching for this week isn’t quite as high as I would have liked but the films I’ve seen were pretty awesome. Strangely no new Contenders again this week, but because of a viewing for class, Double Indemnity is getting away without a full review (I just don’t have time at the moment) but is being moved up from Contender to Canon status. Four films for classes and one for Kino Hearts, then another two for another project I’m working on with some friends and my total films watched for fun this week amounts to only 3. Le sigh.
FS252 – Film Noir
Scarlet Street (1945) dir. Fritz Lang
Edward G. Robinson is a truly incredible actor. Of the actors I have columbused recently he is easily my favourite and this film solidifies that fact. Between Little Caesar, Double Indemnity, and now Scarlet Street. Here rather than playing the cold hearted gangster or the witty Insurance fraud investigator, he’s a schmuck who gets pulled into immoral activity by a true Femme Fatale. Its a sad story, but well worth checking out.
The Killers (1946) dir. Robert Siodmak
I first saw this in first year film class and I still feel roughly the same towards it as I did then. The first twenty minutes or so, before the flashback investigation begins, are incredible. Totally thrilling and invigorating cinema. The rest of the film falls flat. And to be honest, I think that has to do with the fact that the first bit is almost moment for moment an adaptation of the Hemingway story. Its incredibly faithful in movement and tone and that makes a difference.
Double Indemnity (1944) dir. Billy Wilder
In my initial review I said that I wanted to watch the film again immediately after it ended. That was true of the second viewing as well. Just watch the clip below, it demonstrates the incredible talent of all involved and just how noir the film is. The blinds, the girl, the dialogue, the sexual tension. Its all there. Its all noir. And that’s just the opening scene.
“How could I have known that murder, can sometimes smell like honeysuckle.”
Double Indemnity is a classic, and one that I feel will end up in the Canon soon.