|William Holden and Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard|
Not precisely a Halloween post, but already getting in the mood... Film Noir. A fabulous genre, circa 1940s-50s - and modern film makers just haven't got it right.
The opening sequence in the video below is Fred McMurray in Double Indemnity (have you seen that pale imitation of a remake?) These films were made by caring directors, a cast acting its socks off - and plots To Die For (often literally). Nowadays, special effects seem to have taken over from the story, which is why so many are such a disappointment. Go and rent these oldies, and wallow in some of the best films ever made.
The Endless Night - a Valentine to Film Noir (by RubyTuesday717)
How many stars can you recognise?
I'm ashamed to say I can't name all of them. Players include (the ones I can name, anyway):
Fred MacMurray Joseph Cotton Orson Welles Edward G Robinson
Bette Davis Carole Lombard Burt Lancaster Richard Widmark
Ingrid Bergman Cary Grant Robert Mitchum Jean Simmons
Rita Hayworth Barbara Stanwyck Humphrey Bogart Googie Withers
Gloria Swanson Michael Rennie Lillian Gish Ann Savage
Glenn Ford Ava Gardner Gene Tierney Peter Lorre
They had style, they had class - and the black&white photography only added to the effect. The lighting was superb, the atmosphere second to none...
If I've now got you interested in Film Noir, do rent out some of these films (my all-time favourites):
- Double Indemnity (Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G Robinson)
- All About Eve (Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders)
- Casablanca (Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman)
- Night of the Hunter (Robert Mitchum, Lillian Gish)
- The Maltese Falcon (Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, Sidney Greenstreet)
- The Third Man (Michael Rennie, Orson Welles)
- Whatever Happened to Baby Jane (Bette Davis, Joan Crawford)
- Gilda (Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford)
- Cat People (Simone Simon)
- The Asphalt Jungle (Sterling Hayden)
|Brassai - free background and header set|
And if you fancy a freebie Film Noir-style blog background and header set rather than a conventional Halloween one, here's one of mine: Brassai
I hope you enjoyed this little trip to the Darker Side. More Film Noir posters on my Pinterest board.