Tag Archives: Noir

Touch of Evil (1958)

Orson Welles web of crime, deceit and corruption is given the genteel title Touch of Evil, suggesting just a twinge of wicked. What Welles captures in his adaptation of Whit Materson’s more aptly titled Badge of Evil is one of the most leering and relentless depictions of evil captured on film. Each frame gaps for air, overwhelmed and intoxicated by the firm grip of corruption that relentlessly bears down on the film. Continue reading Touch of Evil (1958)

Out of the Past (1947)

I feel a bit foolish for heaping praise upon the characters of Scarlet Street because Out of the Past has character that might be just as strong. If not, it has a stronger cast with names like Kirk Douglas and Robert Mitchum taking two of the lead roles. However, when it comes down to some of the details and presentation, Out of the Past is a bit rocky. Continue reading Out of the Past (1947)

Scarlet Street (1945)

Wherever there’s a slick street corner in the dark of night, there’s another man getting suckered by a dame. Maybe it’s her luscious hair or her soft smile. Maybe it’s the cut of her dress or the sway of her walk. Maybe it’s her youth and beauty. Or maybe it’s just the idea. Whatever it is, one a woman takes hold, there’s nothing a man can do. Continue reading Scarlet Street (1945)

99 River Street (1953)

A number of strange choices make 99 River Street both compelling and sloppy. The core story is done well enough, but the way it presents it and some of the narrative choices make for times where the film feels like two different films that only meet up in the film’s final act. It’s not inherently a bad thing, it’s part of what keeps the film interesting, but it does lead to some unusual and confusing narrative decisions. Continue reading 99 River Street (1953)