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10.09.2014 | 13 days ago | Posted at 10:58 AM
By David Luhrssen
Film noir is a style, a mood and an implicit commentary on American society. Although French critics coined the term in the 1950s, the genre was already coalescing in 1941 with the release of The Maltese Falcon. As the term suggests, the films were dark, usually making use of deep shadows and pools of light that were characteristic of German Expressionist filmmaking (Hollywood was populated by 194...
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008

Raving about Otto Preminger

Otto Preminger’s stage and screen Nazis (think Stalag 17) may well have provided a perverse, self-styled role model for the famous director, one he developed with tyrannical relish off-screen as well. According to Foster Hirsch in his stunning, eminently readable biography, Otto Preminger: The Man Who Would be King (Alfred Knopf), the filmmaker’s Prussians registered with conviction, yielding none of the serpentine sophistication that made Conrad Veidt’s characterization in Casablanca an intellectual delight.

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