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10.10.2013 | | Posted at 09:55 AM

Psycho-killer classic on Blu-ray

By David Luhrssen
  We first see the killer in The Hitch-Hiker as a shadow across the asphalt. And when he first kills, an open car door obscures the murder: we hear a woman’s scream followed by a gunshot, and see a purse fall from the car seat to the ground. Even when the protagonists offer a ride to the murderer, he remains in shadow in the backseat for the first mile—until he pulls his gun an...
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013

Against all odds, Hollywood has made a few

Over the years, most movie remakes have been woeful. Recent examples include The Manchurian Candidate (2004) a botched version of 1962’s black-and-white beauty; 3:10 to Yuma
02.15.2013 | | Posted at 08:41 AM

Twilight Music for Imaginary Movies

By David Luhrssen
  Noir was just a word in a French phrase book before a French critic in the late 1940s coined film noir to describe the nascent Hollywood genre of dark, twisty crime films. The Piranha Records Serie Noir is a series of recordings with perceived sonic allusions, however abstract, to literary and cinematic sources. The 13 tracks culled on the newest release, Latin Noir, relate t...
10.04.2012 | | Posted at 09:01 AM

TV’s Coolest Detective on DVD

By David Luhrssen
  “Peter Gunn” must have been the coolest thing on prime time during its 1958-1961 run. The newly released “Peter Gunn: The Complete Series” crams it all onto 12 DVDs. The level of writing varied from episode to episode but the overall production was kept consistently high by series creator Blake Edwards—who had already directed the post-World War II classic The Best Years of...
04.25.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
The first thing you see in Just Another Love Story is the protagonist, Jonas, dead. �Here I lie, but I feel nothing,� he says, back against the rain swept streets, waiting to see what lies on the other side of life. It�s a tip of the hat to a great film noir, Sunset Boulevard, and a tip-off: the 2009 movie by Danish director Ole Bornedal (out now on DVD) is a genre picture. But fortunatel...
06.08.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Raymond Burr was in excruciating pain as he filmed the final �Perry Mason� episodes in 1993. Almost no one on the set knew he was dying of cancer. Biographer Michael Seth Starr is not surprised. According to Hiding in Plain Sight: The Secret Life of Raymond Burr (published by Applause), secrecy was second nature to the actor. He became one of the world�s most familiar TV stars during the origina...
03.24.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Daisy Kenyon starts on a cheery note as Dana Andrews exchanges breezy words with the cabbie while handing over his fare. But moments later, once he steps into the dimly lit vestibule and up a stairway of oddly angled shadows, Daisy Kenyon turns dark visually. The 1947 movie has been issued on DVD as part of the Fox Film Noir series. But while director Otto Preminger suffused Daisy Kenyon ...