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Post  rsv1cox on Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:09 pm

Film noir
noun
a style or genre of cinematographic film marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, and menace. The term was originally applied (by a group of French critics) to American thriller or detective films made in the period 1944–54 and to the work of directors such as Orson Welles, Fritz Lang, and Billy Wilder.
a film marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, and menace.


Wow, 1940's/50's films living on the edge.

Today it's G rated.  Black and white, no profanity, dark subjects, sexuality, bad stuff.  I watch it on TCM (Turner Classic Movies) I'm not a member of the TCM Club (They have a club) but I have the Tee shirt.  Smile  Free 24 hours a day on your cable/satellite network.  On the weekends a host, one of four regulars (one being a comely young lady from Australia) introduces each film giving a background about the film and who plays in it.

Favorites:

Gun Crazy

The Third Man

Double Indemnity

They Drive by Night

https://shop.tcm.com/they-drive-by-night/888574489359 (Scroll down and check out the preview)

Now Voyager

and a dozen or two more.  Along with the MG Experience, CEF, my escape from reality.    

Bob
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Post  TLAnderson on Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:09 pm

rsv1cox wrote:Film noir
noun
a style or genre of cinematographic film marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, and menace. The term was originally applied (by a group of French critics) to American thriller or detective films made in the period 1944–54 and to the work of directors such as Orson Welles, Fritz Lang, and Billy Wilder.
a film marked by a mood of pessimism, fatalism, and menace.


Wow, 1940's/50's films living on the edge.

Today it's G rated.  Black and white, no profanity, dark subjects, sexuality, bad stuff.  I watch it on TCM (Turner Classic Movies) I'm not a member of the TCM Club (They have a club) but I have the Tee shirt.  Smile  Free 24 hours a day on your cable/satellite network.  On the weekends a host, one of four regulars (one being a comely young lady from Australia) introduces each film giving a background about the film and who plays in it.

Favorites:

Gun Crazy

The Third Man

Double Indemnity

They Drive by Night

https://shop.tcm.com/they-drive-by-night/888574489359 (Scroll down and check out the preview)

Now Voyager

and a dozen or two more.  Along with the MG Experience, CEF, my escape from reality.    

Bob

"The Third Man" is one of my favorite movies. Watched it many times.
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Post  crankbndr on Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:09 pm

I watch TCM often, no adds and the girl is pretty. Anything with Bogart gets tuned. The Big Sleep, Key Largo ect.
Most old racing or flying movies have clips of vintage race cars or aircraft I enjoy.
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Post  Eddy on Mon Aug 27, 2018 9:18 pm

Yes somewhat off topic, but to go even further, radio drama of the 1930's to the 1950's. This was a period of time that Orson Wells coined the phrase so well, "The Theater of The Mind". So much of the "Radio Noir" is available to listen to. Several of Humphrey Bogart's movies are even dramatized on radio. Then there is the great radio noir program, Suspense, The Shadow, the creepy Inter Sanctum, and Dark Fantasy with the Thing at The Top of The Stairs. If one can find it, "On The Air" The Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio, by John Dunning, 1998. This book will give you hours of reading about the shows of radio drama forever gone. Eddy
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Post  rsv1cox on Tue Aug 28, 2018 6:34 am

Yes, The Third Man Orson Well's masterpiece with a haunting theme played on a Zither. Filmed in Germany shortly after the war. The huge Ferris Wheel contrasted against the destruction is memorable.

And CB, I too look for the old cars, living through that period I can identify most on sight. Planes, trains also. "The best years of our lives" another favorite. The aerial view of the aircraft "boneyard" is stunning. "From the factory to the scrapheap."

And Eddie, Radio yes. I listened to those programs too in the forties and fifties. "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!"

Bob
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Post  KariFS on Tue Aug 28, 2018 10:48 am

rsv1cox wrote:

They Drive by Night


”You couldn’t even pay for the headlights!” lol!

I watched a lot of old movies when I was a teenager. We lived in the sticks and every Monday at 9.20pm there was an old movie on TV, most of them black and white, but then again my TV set was b&w also. Later on it was a surprise to me to see that some of the old movies were actually in technicolor lol!

I don’t watch much TV anymore but I do read a lot. Lately I have gotten into ”hard boiled” genre, also known as ”pulp fiction”. I found a collection of short stories and already had ”The Little Sister” by Raymond Chandler. Also got ”the High Window”, but other Marlowe books have been hard to find in English editions. I guess I’ll have to order them.



While i was googling for places to order the books from I stumbled upon a radio show recording of the ”High Window”:



Sounded like a fun program to listen to, but I was already reading the book so I only listened the first part.
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Post  rsv1cox on Tue Aug 28, 2018 12:45 pm

Yes, Dick Powell took on many of Chandlers Philip Marlow adaptations which appear frequently on TCM.

I can't get into fiction in books but enjoy it in movies. My book library is almost 100% nonfiction - Anything that touches on planes, trains, automobiles, and the military.

Color movies that play frequently on TCM are Gone With the Wind, Dr. Zhivago, The Great Escape, Le Mans, and yes - Meet Me in St. Louis, and The Harvey Girls. So shoot me. Smile

I don't watch much TV, News at noon while eating lunch and eight to ten in the evening is about all I can take.

Bob
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Post  fredvon4 on Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:27 pm

I am very interest in the new Papillion(sp?) movie

I loved almost all the older WWII tv shows and movies...many in B&W

run silent run deep types....Hell I had so many favorite actors I can not remember them all Lancaster, Gabel, Murphy, Eastwood, Brenner, and so many others I can not instantly recall or type out

Where Eagles Dare, Guns of Navarone, ....crap I have only seen about half of the 007 movies
I sure wish Holly wood would approach today conflicts with the same Buy Bonds patriotic themes of WWII

Because I was an army Brat from 1955 to 1973 we lived a lot in areas with ZERO TV so TV Land and TCM has me watching a hundred NEW to ME movies and TV shows.....I am probably the only 63 year old in America that never has seen a season of Bonanza, Big Valley, Rifle man, I bet I have only see 14 of John Wayne's movies...Who the hell is Barbra Eden? or Larry Hagman.....grin

I love my Direct TV but more and more I (now that I have decent Internet bandwidth) find crap on streaming I never saw due to assignments....

Dinosaurs is a frigging hoot....Dead Wood a fav, Justified is just too bad assed, I have so much catching up to do that Film Noir is taking a back seat


and you know what...this bad CRS short term memory loss is kinda fun....next week I can watch Torra Torra Torra and not remember that I have seen it three times already...GRIN
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Post  rsv1cox on Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:48 am

Agreed to all the above Fred, especially that STM thing. Smile

"The Big Sleep"  tonight at eight on TCM.  Chandler, Marlowe, Bogart/Bacall what's not to love.

An added bonus would be if it was introduced by Ms. Malone............

Bob
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Post  Forgetful John on Wed Aug 29, 2018 6:54 am

I am not a very avid TV watcher anymore.  I was your friendly neighborhood TV repairman between 1968 and 2004 when the repair business died on the vine.  

Neither do I have cable but I just watch the over-the-air broadcasts that you can receive with an aerial antenna.  

What I do like to watch though, is an outfit called "METV".  You would have to find where it is in your neck of the woods, it also may be on cable or such.  They have a lot of the oldies, in B&W and color.  

Just a little while back I watched Costello flying a hot little jet-looking control-line airplane, and boy, was he good!  He flew it without looking or turning!  That is, until he let go of the handle and it went and broke a window in the bank across the street, the cops went after him, he got away and...  I won't spoil it for you.

We didn't have safety retention thongs back then.  Heck!  We ran with scissors!
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Post  Kim on Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:03 am

Forgetful John wrote:

Just a little while back I watched Costello flying a hot little jet-looking control-line airplane, and boy, was he good!  He flew it without looking or turning!  That is, until he let go of the handle and it went and broke a window in the bank across the street, the cops went after him, he got away and...  I won't spoil it for you.

Hey, "When You're Good, You're Good!"
























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Post  Forgetful John on Wed Aug 29, 2018 7:20 am

Yeah! That's the one!

I guess I was mistaken about the bank since it is a post office.

Not a lot of "crowd control" in that shot!

I bet he didn't have AMA coverage, either.

Those were the days...
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Post  Mark Boesen on Wed Aug 29, 2018 12:54 pm

...wondering if it wasn't a Anderson RTF F-65????



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Post  GallopingGhostler on Wed Aug 29, 2018 1:37 pm

I think you nailed it, Mark. Thumbs Up
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Post  Levent Suberk on Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:01 pm

Several scenes of Sergio Leone movies carry film noir characteristics. My favorite movie is Once Upon a Time in West.


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Post  GallopingGhostler on Wed Aug 29, 2018 3:27 pm

Nice, yes, I remember that scene, Levent. Cool
This is one of my favorite film noirs by Clint Eastwood in Fist Full of Dollars (1964). Popcorn Tired w/ Coffee Read Beer Cheers Wink

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