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Of course, none of these movies were made as "film noir." The term was coined later by French critics to describe the moody, anxious feel of postwar American movies, especially the genre that highlighted duplicitous dames and susceptible men lost in the criminal jungle. Indeed, the title The Asphalt Jungle conveys the edgy urban arena of these pictures. That film is John Huston's masterly 1950 account of a heist, with Sterling Hayden the disenchanted, noirish hero. Joseph H. Lewis's Gun Crazy (1949) is one of the most supercharged (and sexually perverse) of noir films, with John Dall and Peggy Cummins as young criminals in love. Murder, My Sweet (1944) is a straight adaptation of Raymond Chandler's novel Farewell, My Lovely. Amid the film's shadowy chiaroscuro, former musical comedy star Dick Powell makes a career-changing transition as Chandler's private dick, Philip Marlowe. Out of the Past puts Robert Mitchum (perhaps the quintessential noir actor) in trouble with gangster Kirk Douglas, complicated by classic femme fatale Jane Greer. Jacques Tourneur provides the evocative direction. And The Set-Up plays out an ingenious boxing tale in "real time," superbly enacted by (former boxer) Robert Ryan. --Robert Horton
Out of the Past is the classic film noir and the best picture Jane Greer ever made.
The picture, presented in fullscreen (1.33:1), looks very clean and clear, and the Dolby Digital mono audio comes across clearly.
The selections are really of a good variety and the mixture is just right to my thinking.
Film Noir Classic Collection, Vol. 1
During WW II no American movies were exported to Europe. After the war’s end these movies were then seen in France and elsewhere. Read more
Bought this for my dad as a Christmas present. He loved it!Published 1 month ago by Kienen Wayrynen
As for Film Noir Sets they don't get any better--- "Out of the Past" and "Asphalt Jungle" are top tier immensely enjoyable Noirs. Read morePublished 1 month ago by g
Spectacular collection. All titles are the gems of golden cinema. This volume was selling so fast. Glad I finally got mine.Published 2 months ago by Josef
Fantastic collection of film noir classics, including a couple of movies that you don't see that much on TCM. Loved every single movie in the collection!Published 6 months ago by LLH
The Asphalt Jungle and Out of the Past are staggering masterpieces of film noir. The other three titles are not in the same category, but if you are a film noir aficionado the... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Grifolet