Robert Siodmak was a German born American film director. He is best remembered as a thriller specialist and for the series of Hollywood film noirs he made in the 1940s.
Siodmak was born to a Polish Jewish family in Dresden, Germany (the myth of his American birth in Memphis, Tennessee was necessary for him to obtain a visa in Paris). He worked as a stage director and a banker before becoming editor and scenarist for Curtis Bernhardt in 1925. At twenty-six he was hired by his cousin, producer Seymour Nebenzal, to assemble original silent movies from the stock footage of old ones. Siodmak worked at this for two years before he persuaded Nebenzal to finance his first feature, the silent chef d’oeuvre, People on Sunday (Menschen am Sonntag) (1929). The script was written by his younger brother Curt Siodmak, later the screenwriter of The Wolf Man (1941).
With the rise of Nazism he left Germany for Paris and then Hollywood. Siodmak arrived in Hollywood in 1939, where he made… read more
Much better than I remember. The sequences with Ella Raines hunting down the suspects were impeccable, to mention the jazz basement scene. Phantom Lady is one of the true great unsung film noir gems.
Ella Raines following the bartender is one of the great scenes of film noir. But the jazz joint scene with Elisha Cook Jr. has to be seen to be believed!
The noirish dream of a woman who pines for her boss. People appear and bloodily disappear to realign matters in her favor, though at one point the artifice of her fevered construction threatens to consume her as well. Then again, being trapped in her blatantly theatrical set with her concocted killer is almost less troubling than the happy ending that crackle on repeat in a runoff groove.
Looks like this roundup of festivals and events is becoming a regular Thursday feature. We begin this one in New York, sweep across the