Film noir short created for a film studies class at school. The purpose was to use elements of the film noir style.
Tomas Race and the Swingfellas featuring Enno Veerman perform Les yeux noirs as played by Django Reinhardt live. More info: www.swingfellas.nl
Still turning since the old Romans Ages, a close up video of the old noires of Hama.
Directed by the first rate Fritz Lang, Scarlet Street is film noir at its finest. Utilizing the bleak coldness of black and white to its zenith, Lang paints a frigid psychological picture of some of the most reprehensible characters ever put on film. It hardly requires mention that in the nineteen forties, this windswept view on a harsh and barren existence was nearly unheard of. The story is of a lonely man, the role deftly assumed by the masterful Edward G. Robinson (The Ten Commandments), who is unhappy in his marriage and seeks solace in the arms of a prostitute. Unlike the coy floozies that earlier films had made call girls appear, Joan Bennett plays Kitty with a gritty and world-weary realism. Bennett seduces Robinson and convinces him to embezzle money to pay for her lavish lifestyle. Robinson, feeling happy for the first time in ages, agrees to step outside the bounds of ordinary society. Scarlet Street is chilling to the core, but with an artistic flair for the beauty in sorrow. The combination is breathtaking.
Pop noir performing "D.I.Y." live at Vlaze Studios!
One of the greatest film noir productions in history, D.O.A. has stood the test of time and continues to sizzle with dark, brooding, and gritty appeal. The masterful Edmond O’Brien plays an overworked accountant who goes to the police to report a murder: his own murder. What follows is an account of the events leading to O’Brien’s murder in flashback form. Cigarette smoke laden light weakly fleshes out the dark shadows that compose this absorbing black film. Existential overtones and raw, chilling emotion makes for a powerful journey through a murderous story. D.O.A. is a masterful psychological thriller.
A powerful piece of vintage film noir, Club Paradise is the tragic tale of women in the 40s who want to live life in the fast lane. Played by the beautiful Constance Worth, Isabel Jewell, and Wanda McKay, these three Hollywood bombshells take a trip through the seedy side of life: criminality, exploitation, gambling, and womanizers. Shot with stark and harsh 40s noir style, Club Paradise is nothing short of a downward spiral into Hell. But amongst the femme fatales and booze hound drunks there is much to be learned about morality and cultural fears from this piercing period in American history. Club Paradise is a fantastic collaboration of stylized sexy women and heartbreaking tragedy as the ladies crash against the sharp points of bleak nightlife.
The detective sets out... Film noir styled trailer for the independent short film A Plaster, a Paper and a Cheese & Pickle Sandwich that we co-produced with new filmmakers Crestfallen Productions. A crossover of drama thriller and black comedy it tells the story of a very unusual friendship; the full film will be here on Metacafe in the next two months look out for it!
A little known treasure, Inner Sanctum is a gripping film noir journey through secrets, lies, and murder. The film follows three disturbingly connected stories: the talented Charles Russell stars as a dark and broken man who viciously kills his wife; a troubled little boy who witnesses the murder; and the fatally beautiful Mary Beth Hughes is a sexy young woman who’s been told she’ll die soon by a psychic gypsy. Winding up in the same boarding house as all three run from their dark secrets, their crossing paths create hair raising tension and subtle complexities. In particular, Russell and Hughes engage in an electric love affair. But what elevates Inner Sanctum to the next level are the riveting twists and turns as the film boils to a devastating finish.
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