30 Days Of Noir: Day 12 ~ Film Noir Eye Candy

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I get inspiration from my Jersey Noir images in a number of places – novels, short stories, music lyrics and, of course, film.

Here are my Top 5 Film Noirs. If I come across these on Turner Classic Movies, or want to watch something on Netflix, these are my go-to films. I can’t get enough of these

1.   The Maltese FalconWatch the trailer.

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I love the film, I love the novel. I had a chance to see the film on the big screen this past summer and it was fantastic. My all-time favorite. Bogart defines the film noir private eye. Supporting cast is one of the greatest of all time.

2. Out Of The PastWatch the trailer.

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Mitchum. Douglas. Greer. Great scenes. Great dialogue.I had the chance to see this on the big screen in Asbury Park one summer. The best.

3. The KillersWatch the trailer.killers_xlg

Based on a short story by Ernest Hemingway, it’s a tight piece of film noir. I especially love the beginning when the two men enter the diner look for Swede.

4. Double IndemnityWatch the trailer.

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Not much more to say about this one, except that it’s one of the best ever. Based on a story by James M. Cain, and with helping screenplay hand by Dashiell Hammett, it’s every thing noir should be.

5. PitfallWatch the trailer.

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I only found this one last winter, and it’s quickly become one of my favorites. In fact, I was just watching it on Amazon Prime the other evening. Dick Powell has some telling dialogue early in the film where he’s basically lamenting is “boring” life. Then…he meets Lizabeth Scott. Scott was born in Scranton, PA, near where I grew up. There are many great “noir” actresses, but Lizabeth is now my favorite.

If you’re a film noir fan, which ones do you recommend?

(c) Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016

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