Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Feeling screamish?

Wolcott points us to this nice review of early film noir I Wake Up Screaming... of the most beautiful black-and-white movies ever made. Nearly every detail, other than a few amateurish process shots, suggests the glossy perfection that exemplifies what Andre Bazin famously called "the genius of the system."

On paper, the casting of Betty Grable and Victor Mature is no more promising than the unfathomable title.

Yet they created a film almost abstract in its attention to pools of light - a stylish display of technique that enhances a sentimental murder mystery in which exposure of the killer is secondary to the uncovering of sexual obsession and envy.

You can pick this baby up for just over $10 at Amazon...


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