The film noir as art film; elusive, inscrutable, with symbolic elements; Cain & Abel, a decent into subterranean worlds; capitalism as literal black death. The love story seems an afterthought, but it's the performances, heightened & emotional, like the great American theatre, & the dialog, which has a kind of street poetry to it, which thrills. Direction & cinematography are also impeccable; that amazing noir style.
Un film noir de noir, au ton très sombre et fataliste: à peine le personnage principal a-t-il franchi le seuil de la "corruption" que débute sa (très rapide) déchéance. Le film est incontestablemt une très belle œuvre, tjs avec le N&B sublime de l'époque. Mais il manque encore une fois (je pense par ex. à "the big combo" diffusé il y a quelque temps) ce petit grain de folie ou d'originalité qui fait les grands films.
i know it is Scorsese´s favorite blablabla. Well ok, shoutout to George Barnes for the cinematography (magnificent black and white) but boy, this is not what i call a scenario. All the characters here have "strong" convictions, only to abandon them in the next scene ! Because Garfield is the devil ? Or because it was convenient for the script ? Good noir with too much of a reputation.
The actual content is not quite up to par compared with the cinematography, which is occasionally pretty amazing, adding claustrophobia to some of the scenes. Garfield leads the way, but Windsor's character seems out of place and pointless. Not the masterpiece I supposed, but for the visuals and the intensity alone a must-see for film noir fans.
A nightmare. New York is like a twisting metal parasite, sucking the life and color out of everything. Choking it. This is one of the most intense of film noirs, and yet despite its intensity, its violence, its claustrophobic feeling of oppression, there is redemption, good, and justice. Powerful stuff.
Another classic noir that doesn't quite connect with me. The screenplay, which is often lauded, is far too preaching for me and the characters I am supposed to feel sorry simply aren't redeeming to me. It looks great in spots, but outside of that I consider it overrated.
One of the best Film Noir ever produced. One of the most desperate also. New-York City looks like a metallic spider waiting for its next victim. John Garfield, who was a real bankable Hollywood star then, is unfortunately a little bit forgotten nowadays. Let's not forget him ! Masterpiece.