|FILM NOIR, THE CRIME MOVIE STYLE OF shadowy streets, tough guys and two-timing dames, has never been hotteras the continuing video release of ever-more-obscure titles from noirs classic period in the 40s and 50s proves. If you already know the classics (The Maltese Falcon, Double Indemnity, Out of the Past, Night of the Hunter, Touch of Evil, etc.), check out these lesser-known examples of high noir style:
Phantom LadyIf this 1944 find-the-real-killer- before-a-man- gets-the-chair mystery, from a story by Cornell (Rear Window) Woolrich, had stars youd ever heard of, itd be a famous classic. Director Robert Siodmak gives it incredible atmospheredig that midnight jam session!
T-MenCops go undercover to bust up a gang. A triumph of style over a tight B-movie budget, it propelled director Anthony Mann to A pictures like El Cidand it boasts a real surprise halfway through that a more expensive movie wouldnt have dared.
Branded To KillOkay, this ones a real ringer; it comes from 1967 and from Japan. Brutal, often absurdly funny tale of competition between Tokyos (apparently officially ranked!) top two hitmen.