Archive for April 25th, 2011

Director: Jacques Tourneur

Producer: Warren Duff

Screenwriter: Daniel Mainwaring

Cinematographer: Nicholas Musuraca

Music: Roy Webb

Studio: RKO Pictures 1947

Main Acting: Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas, and Jane Greer (more…)

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by Sam Juliano

April showers bring May flowers.  Well that timeworn adage is certainly applicable for the those residing in the Northeast, as the wet stuff has been hindering activities, even while the temperatures remain pleasingly moderate.  Here at Wonders in the Dark, the tireless young Brooklynite Mauricio Roca is nearing the completion of his remarkable 10 week project on the film noir genre, a venture that has attracted consistently excellent site traffic, loads of comments and the good will of a number of newbies who are big genre fans.  Roca’s fair-mindedness, good selection and placement sense, and impressive writing skills have combined to make for a highly entertaining and scholarly examination of the greatest films in the film noir pantheon falling in the specified time window of 1941 to 1958.  It’s been a great ride, and one of the site’s proudest moments for sure.  This coming week, readers will learn what Roca proposes as the Top 4 noirs of all-time, and many of us are dying from the suspense.

The Tribeca Film Festival has officially launched, and Lucille and I were there on opening night (Saturday, April 23 at 9:00 P.M.)  to take in the French thriller Point Blank (‘A Bout Portant’) at the AMC Loews Village 7.  The taut thriller was overipe with deceptions, chases and narrow escapes, but it manages to rivet for most of it’s running time.  Sure we’ve seen some of this before, and aside from one prety potent shock, it follows a predictable path.  Still, a propulsive and entertaining ride. (more…)

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