by Sam Juliano
While I won’t make a habit of headlining reviews from other sites, and we surely do have enough of our own to write and post here at Wonders in the Dark, I would like to mention this one time that there is a simply superlative essay at www.filmsnoir.net on the Val Lewton low-budget masterpiece The Seventh Victim (1943), which many film scholars and buffs consider (along with I Walked With A Zombie) as Lewton’s masterpiece. Citing the film’s paranoia, and using a provocative passage of a famous John Donne poem, Mr. D’Ambra weaves personal perceptions with astute and fascinating references to compose a most persuasive and passionate assessment of a film that gains in reputation over time.
For those enamored of sharp visual images, there is a nifty slide show at the end of the review as well as a crystal-clear stain-glass window, which appears at the beginning of the review, and a gorgeous poster, all presented in Mr. D’Ambra’s attractive site designs and layout. I urge readers at WitD to check out this terrific review, and to bookmark Mr. Ambra’s definitive film noir site.