If ever an actor was made for noir, it was Robert Mitchum, they don't come more hard boiled than him. Great film with fantastic dialogue delivered perfectly by Mitchum. Of course it's an adaptation from a novel (that I didn't know)... and the author also penned the script. All in all quite delicious.
Well written, acted, directed, and shot. A staple of noir films that skips along at a fast pace with wit and suspense, as well as darkness and smoking coolness. Robert Mitchum is perfection as the sharp tongued lead, and there are great performances all around, especially the always entertaining Kirk Douglas and the seductive femme fatale Jane Greer. Film noir crystallized and epitomized.
Now I know why Robert Mitchum is the face of film noir. He calms off as so calm and collected starring opposite Jane Greer, the quintessential femme fatale. They play off each other nice and the film keeps you on your toes. Not to mention Kirk Douglas is a great addition to the mix. I also think special attention should be paid to the lighting. Noir at its finest.
"...the kind of magic, or whatever it was..." The acting is what's unique here. Riding on those witty noire quips in the dialogue, Tourneur is able to deliver a whole world of exposition in subtext. Pushing through doors and exquisite use of close-ups to develop emotion. "My feelings? About ten years ago, I hid them somewhere and haven't been able to find them." That ending, though!
I didn't like the film the first time I saw it, but now I think I was totally crazy. This is a masterpiece. Tourneur takes style and figures of noir outdoor, into nature. The first kiss between the two protagonists is shrouded in the shadows... In a way, they were destined to die from the first kiss.
Lo mejor de "Retorno al pasado" es su final, ese cierre que siembra la duda sobre los verdaderos sentimientos de los personajes en el género del cine negro. Esa fascinación por siempre perfilarse al doble juego o la dualidad. Los protagonistas principales de este filme son cameleónicos. Cambian de parecer como de trajes, tanto en los negocios como en el amor.