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02-05-2013, 05:29 AM
Anyone else here share my affection for femme fatales, hard boiled dialogue, gloomy lighting and tragic endings?

If you have no experience with the genre and you love old black and white movies I think everyone should check out these 5 classic films


5.The Big Sleep (Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall)
L.A. private eye Phillip Marlowe takes on a blackmail case... and a trail peopled with murderers, pornographers, nightclub rogues, the spoiled rich and more. Humphrey Bogart plays Raymond Chandler's legendary gumshoe and director Howard Hawkes serves up snappy character encounters, brisk pase and atmosphere galore in the certified classic.


4.Kiss Me Deadly (Ralph Meeker)
In this atmospheric adaptation of Mickey Spillane's novel, directed by Robert Aldrich, the good manners of the 1950's are blown to smithereens. Ralph Meeker stars as snarling private detective Mike Hammer whose decision one dark, lonely night to pick up a hitchhiking woman sends him down some terrifying byways. Brazen and bleak, Kiss Me Deadly is a film noir masterwork as well as a essential piece of cold war paranoia, and it features as nervy an ending as has ever been seen in American cinema.


3.Double Indemnity (Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray)
Directed by Billy Wilder and adapted from a James M. Cain novel by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, Double Indemnity represents the high-water mark of 1940s film noir urban crime dramas in which a greedy, weak man is seduced and trapped by a cold, evil woman amidst the dark shadows and Expressionist lighting of modern cities.


2.The Killing (Stanley Kubrick/Sterling Hayden)
Stanley Kubrick's account of an ambitious racetrack robbery is one of Hollywood's tautest, twistiest noirs. Aided by a radically time shuffling narrative, razor sharp dialogue from pulp novelist Jim Thompson, and a phenomenal cast of character actors, including Sterling Hayden, Coleen Gray, Timothy Carey, Elisha Cook Jr., and Marie Windsor, The Killing is both a jaunty thriller and a cold blooded punch to the gut and with its precise tracking shots and gratifying sense of irony, it's Kubrick to the core.


1.In a Lonely Place (Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame)
In many ways the greatest film noir ever made is a haunting work of stark confessionalism disguised as a taut noir thriller, In a Lonely Place -- Nicholas Ray's bleak, desperate tale of fear and self-loathing in Hollywood -- remains one of the filmmaker's greatest and most deeply resonant features. It stars Humphrey Bogart as Dixon Steele, a fading screenwriter suffering from creative burnout; hired to adapt a best-selling novel, instead of reading the book itself he asks the hat-check girl (Martha Stewart) at his favorite nightclub to simply tell him the plot. The morning after, the girl is found brutally murdered, and Steele is the police's prime suspect; however, the would-be starlet across the way, Laurel Gray (Gloria Grahame), provides him with a solid alibi, and they soon begin a romance in spite of Gray's lingering concerns that the troubled, violent Steele might just be a killer after all.