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Old 24th September 2011, 10:35 PM
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Any fans of film noir or hardboiled crime fiction? Post your recommendations, views and thoughts here.

My favourites films are:

"Kiss Me Deadly"
"Double Indemnity"
"The Postman Always Rings Twice"
"The Big Sleep"
"Farewell, My Lovely"
"The Woman in the Window"
"Mildred Pierce"
"In A Lonely Place"
"Gun Crazy"

Fave writers:

Raymond Chandler
David Goodis
Hammett
Charles Williams
James Ellroy
James M.McCain
Jim Thompson
Cornell Woolrich
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Old 24th September 2011, 11:12 PM
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I have all the films you list MTDS, except Mildred Pierce, never seen that.

All classics of course, i think my personal favourite of the list is In a Lonely Place. Bogart is outstanding.

Other great ones you haven't mentioned are -

Gilda
This Gun For Hire
Out of the Past
The Blue Dahlia
the Killers
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Old 25th September 2011, 08:57 AM
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Hello Dem, "In A Lonely Place" is my favourite too, have you read the book it's based on, completely different ending to the film.


I forgot "Sunset Boulevard" from my list, and how did I forget "Gilda".
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I just wanted to mention Sunset Boulevard...
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Hello Dem, "In A Lonely Place" is my favourite too, have you read the book it's based on, completely different ending to the film.

Sorry to say i have never read any noir fiction.
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Old 25th September 2011, 02:50 PM
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I thought This Gun For Hire and The Big Sleep were great films, Personal faves are Key Largo, The Killers and The Big Sleep but i'd rate Kubrick's The Killing, which i see as Film Noir above alot of them.
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I thought This Gun For Hire and The Big Sleep were great films, Personal faves are Key Largo, The Killers and The Big Sleep but i'd rate Kubrick's The Killing, which i see as Film Noir above alot of them.
Although it is due to its characters, i never really see Key Largo as a noir. Probably due to its beach front hotel settings.
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Old 25th September 2011, 02:59 PM
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Saw Kiss Me Deadly earlier in the year - blew me away (like a nuclear blast ...)!!! Grabbed the Criterion straight after the first viewing. I'm on the lookout now for noir as nutty as that . . .
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A few of my faves that haven't yet been mentioned...

Chinatown
High and Low
The Maltese Falcon
Sweet Smell of Success
The Third Man


L.A. Confidential is a decent modern noir, too.

I really want to get into watching more noir, as it's fast becoming a favourite sub-genre of mine.

There are a few mentioned here that I haven't seen, that I'm definitely going to seek out.
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There's a "new" James M. Cain book found, heard about it on NPR last week:

Lost novel by noir giant James M Cain discovered | Books | guardian.co.uk
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