Criss Cross (Universal Noir Collection)
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Criss Cross (1949), directed by Robert Siodmak who also directed The Killers...the 1946 version with Burt Lancaster, and not the 1964 version with Lee Marvin (both are available on one Criterion DVD...pick it up, it's worth it), stars legendary tough guy and self-taught actor Burt Lancaster (Brute Force), along with the extremely beautiful Yvonne De Carlo (Brute Force, The Ten Commandments). Also appearing is Dan Duryea (Ministry of Fear) in one of his more typical roles as a villainous hoodlum, although I did recently see him in the film Black Angel, showing that he could also play the protagonist equally as well (the character may have been intrinsically weak, but the characterization wasn't).
Steve Thompson's (Lancaster) got it bad...for what (actually, it's `for whom'), you may ask? For his rather flighty ex-wife Anna (De Carlo). The film, set in Los Angeles, begins with Thompson returning home after kicking around the states, working odd jobs, all in an attempt to remove his ex-wife from his mind (he was unsuccessful).Read more ›
"A man eats an apple. He gets a piece of the core stuck between his teeth. He tries to work it out with some cellophane from a cigarette pack. What happens? The cellophane gets stuck in there too. Anna? What was the use. I knew that somehow I'd wind up seeing her that night."
I love the extended scene of the band playing an interesting rumba (a little over 2 minutes) when the Burt Lancaster character walks into the Round-Up Club, looking for Anna. They show Esy Morales and His Rumba Band playing a pretty swinging, pretty cool rumba ("Jungle Fantasy") that I like a lot. (Never heard it before the movie, but like it now.) I like it when movies do that sort of extravagance, e.g., when Hoagy Carmichael performs several numbers in "To Have And To Have Not", or Ida Lupino's songs in "Road House" -- some good, extended singing in those too. Really adds a touch of class.
This one is a gem. An outstanding film noir story that keeps you gripped, and the film restoration brings outstanding picture quality.
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This movie is about a man (Burt Lancaster) that comes back to his home in Los Angeles to see his ex-wife. Except now she's now with someone else... a gangster. What to do? Read morePublished 6 months ago by book lover
A fantastic film at a fantastic price
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Really good movie. Don't want to give anything away but the ending is shocking (even by today's standards )Published 8 months ago by Chelsea Rose
Film is a great noir. All the cast were fine.Story very good plot moves along fine.Published 9 months ago by big ed
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