Great noir of the psyche, with the incoherent narrative and dream sequences making it more memorable than some. The source material is from the same writer as The Phantom Lady, another great noir time has forgotten. The cast is great here, with Michele Morgan never looking more desirable and fatale-ish. Cummings, who I am not a huge fan of, does well here and plays off Lorre and others excellently. 4 stars
"It's happened again." "It's happening again." I kept seeing glimpses of Lynch, along with a few flashes of Gilliam's Brazil. I kept having flashbacks of Bill Morrison's Ghost Trip in the final Peter Lorre scene. Thank you, Mubi. Not just for the film, but the framing of it in this month's films, and the essay in Notebook by Jeremy Carr.
This is the first black and white film I've ever watched. After watching it I now appreciate color more. This movie was in a time where women were degraded the slap scene where he slapped the nail lady sat reminded me that times have changed. The tone of the film stayed the same in the fact there wasn't a lot of change in pace.The film wasn't like today more jump scare type of horrors instead it had a monotone scare.
This film is vastly over rated. This is not surrealism, this is just bad editing in a vain effort to stitch together what appears to be a film production gone wrong. I don't know if the script wasn't working or the studio cut production midway. But it looks and feels like they tried to make a whole film from less than half.
What a surprising and delightfully fun film noir. Very well directed and extremely well acted by the top four. A seemingly straight-forward noir that takes a few turns and leaves you rubbing your head a bit wondering where it all went wonky. (I did NOT see that twist coming). It's a fun trip into the dark and tumble world of noir, so if you've never dipped your toe into it, this is as good a place as any to start.
I enjoyed the film so much. It had so much action that was so suspenseful. I was so upset at the scene where Chuck and Lora went to the bar and she ended up getting stabbed. The part that had me on my toes when Chuck ended up getting shot by one of the gangsters Gino. Ripley did a great job in this film by building suspense of each scene by the action such as the gunshots and the big crash where Roman and Gino died.
Story poorly plotted and unfocused. Felt like a mixed-up Orson Welles movie. Husband is sadistic and creepy--reminded me of Tarantino film characters. Michéle Morgan has no screen presence. How strange to think she was almost cast as Ilsa in "Casablanca," except she wanted more money than Ingrid Bergman! Sad to see Peter Lorre wasted in a film. He does his best to salvage his role, but better direction was needed.
The main factor in The Chase was the suspense. From how the outcome of a love triangle would turn out to a who-did-it situation, the common thread between each suspenseful moment was the unknown. The characters end up getting caught up in some type of a falsified tale of a trip to Havana. Though intriguing, this "trip" left me confused as the ending took me in a whole different path than the film had originally led.
A murder, an affair, an abusive husband, and a very daring escape. "The Chase," by Author Ripley truly embodies all the true elements of noir film, this film kept the thrills coming form beginning to end. Heart- pounding work, and a fantastic example of a classic crime film, and wonderfully preformed.