Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Film Noir

The past few weekends have been very busy and I have only found time for a few movies - I decided to make those films noir to get the maximum out of the time spent. I love the genre - mainly for its terribly stylish heroes and the very twisted plots. I also love the dark shots of cities and vintage cars zooming around. Of course some may like the femme fatale best but I am not inclined that way. However, when it came to Laura, the mysterious Otto Preminger movie, it was difficult not to get drawn towards the 'dangerous' lead character. While the detective was definitely the coolest and unaffected detective ever, it was Laura's mysterious charms that were at the center of the story. By being the murdered character her enigma was no doubt heightened with the absence, but even in her presence, she seemed like an intriguing mix of helplessness and reserve.

The other noir movies watched lately - The Big Sleep and Kiss Me Deadly. Big Sleep is worth a watch simply for the crisp dialogues and the crispier manner in which Bogart delivers them. No wonder he has women falling all over him - from shop assistants to cab drivers. The mystery is never cleared, which is a little annoying and I am considering delving into the Raymond Chandler book to find out what really was happening.
Kiss me deadly - really, I think its not nearly stylish and intriguing as the other two - and the final secret is definitely over the top - no sorry, way over the top. Femme Fatales are missing, and though our detective is very good looking, his dialogues do not come close to those of Bogart, or Dana Andrews or even Clifton Webb. And if it was to be viewed as the depiction of nuclear paranoia - the fear didn't really present itself. It was more like having noir fun with the topic.

2 comments:

Brian said...

Reading Chandler's book won't help much! He also didn't know how it readlly ended!!! The Bacall and Bogart chemistry though is out of this world.

Madhuri said...

That's too bad - it takes the edge off if the mystery is just put into the bin. Roger Ebert tries to wash it off as "process of a criminal investigation, not its results." But there is little investigation if the criminal comes charging behind you.
But agreed, Bacall and Bogart were great together - both of them so arrogant.