Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Film Recommendation of the Week...

I'm recommending two to make up for last weeks' omission. I present these film noir classics that are definitely worth catching-

1) The Naked City
Release date March 4, 1948.
Running time 1 hour 36 minutes.
(No trailer available)

Done in documentary-style complete with narration and revolving around a murder investigation, this film set the tone for crime dramas both in film and especially television for years to come.
Its' influence on modern crime dramas cannot be underestimated, as it also won an Oscar for cinematography for some wonderful and iconic shots of New York City.

A "film noir" classic.

2) Cry of the City
Release Date-September 29, 1948.
Running Time-1 hour 35 minutes.

(No trailer available)

Victor Mature and Richard Conte play two guys who grew up in the same neighborhood but whose lives take decidedly different paths-Conte becomes a career criminal and Mature a detective. In this tale of lies, deceit and double-crossing, it becomes clear that neither can live in a world inhabited by the other-one of them has to go.

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