Steve Thompson returns home after a few years of knocking around the country following his divorce from good-time girl Anna. Getting his old job back driving an armored car, and not even convincing himself that he’s making a new start, he also wants his old wife back.
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SIODMAK Noir 2 ===
Fucked up plans, greedy seducers, disillusioned and obstinate cops, heroes born losers, twisted criminals, the universe of Noir according to SIODMAK. Yvonne de CARLO attracting femme fatale. === Plan foireux, séductrices cupides, flics désabusés et opiniâtres, héros born losers, malfrats tordus, l'univers du noir selon SIODMAK. Yvonne de CARLO fatale à souhait.
A fine noir from Siodmak. Nothing that transcends the form, but it ticks the boxes smoothly: fatalism, double-crosses, flashbacks, voiceover, a crime gone wrong, and a woman who's probably even bigger trouble than she seems. The heist setpiece is great, and it's always nice when something does justice to the verities. Cheers to the Aero for the whole evening—I now know how to properly pronounce "Dan Duryea."
I think Siodmak may be my favorite classic director. Criss Cross is fantastic. Another shot / reverse shot sequence punctuated by music here, like in the jam session sequence in the Phantom Lady. The ending, with the sea in the background, behind the window, is simply sublime.
What makes Criss Cross stand out among the many films noir is its non linear storytelling devices combined with one of the most impressive femme fatales I've ever seen. Together they keep you on your toes throughout the film, a quality that you don't always get in a genre made up of strict conventions. Would give it 3 stars but I'm a sucker for Burt.