One of my favourite genres. According to some people, some of the films here aren't really noirs/neo-noirs and some films…
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid
Laugh...or I’ll blow your lips off!
Juliet Forrest is convinced that the reported death of her father in a mountain car crash was no accident. Her father was a prominent cheese scientist working on a secret recipe. To prove it was murder, she enlists the services of private eye Rigby Reardon. He finds a slip of paper containing a list of people who are "The Friends and Enemies of Carlotta."
There are these moments in comedies where you just can't explain why you have to laugh hysterically every time you watch them.
Steve Martin making coffee in this film is one of those moments for me. It kills me every single time.
Apart from that, this film is hilarious, with Martin's dead pan comedy blending in perfectly with all those fantastic moments from classic Hollywood.
This film is a gem and one of Martin's best.
If this film stuck to mocking film noir throughout with a vicious sneer, it might have worked, not because film noir deserves such contempt, but because so much of the so-called humor in this film derives from playing up the sexist aspects of the genre, which are its greatest failing. The femme fatale jokes might seem on point if there weren't so much evident respect for the genre in this film. (The humor in choking the shit out of women falls short for me, though.) Instead, they seem to just heighten the uncomfortable nature of the trope by making light of it, over and over and over again.
The most impressive and lauded aspect of this film seems to be…
Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid is an odd film in that it’s enjoyable with its cleverness but not funny with those smarts.
It’s only funny when it’s trying to be funny. I know that might sound like a really stupid, obvious and stupidly obvious thing to say, but the gimmick here of the insertion of clips from old crimers from the 40s and 50s is actually not terribly funny. It’s admirable in just how meticulous Carl Reiner must have had to be to find precisely the right clips to insert here, but do they actually add anything to the film in terms of it being a comedy? Not really.
In terms of it being an homage to old film noirs,…
Through the power of film editing, Steve Martin stars opposite some of the greatest actresses and actors of all time in this comedy. This movie was made in 1982 while the screen legends shown in the movie all made their movies in the 1940s. The movie does an outstanding job of merging the time periods. When Martin is interacting with people like James Cagney, Cary Grant, Kirk Douglas, Bette Davis and many others this is a fascinating movie to watch.
The movie stumbles when Martin is interacting with his cast mates from the 1980s. When I first watched this movie when I was younger...I had a hard time identifying all the movie stars. This time around I not only knew…
It feels like when I was a kid Noir pastiche voice overs and bad Bogey impressions were everywhere. Be it sketch shows, adverts, cartoons or semi serious detective shows every writer seemed to want to break out his inner Chandler once a series and riff off movies that I had never actually seen.
I remember watching this on VHS with my parents and not quite getting it while still finding it funny. I saw 'Play it again Sam' late one night on TV with my dad in the same period.
I don't know if all that led me somehow to actually loving Noir, I'm not sure someone growing up even a decade later would have had the same grounding in…
Cleverly constructed around fragments of noir pictures of the '40s & '50s, this is one giant cavalcade of cinephile inside jokes. The non-diagetic gags (Rachel Ward's bullet-sucking abilities, "your py-yamas!" and Martin's aversion to cleaning women) have a high hit-to-miss ratio, and the cameos are consistent delights. The trade-off leads to a slack structure that drags as the picture continues; at least now I know about The Bribe, which looks like a hell of a lot of fun.
It's intriguing that this came as a follow-up to Pennies from Heaven. In that picture, showcasing the inner-lives of down-and-out characters through the language of the period before slamming back to reality evokes all sorts of pathos; Martin & Peters inhabiting a Rogers & Astaire musical is downright magical. Characters are at the center of Pennies while gags form the crux of Dead Men. I enjoyed a lot of this but can't help making the comparison.
This one snuck up on me. I hadn't even heard of it until I caught it on TV, and I was quickly drawn in by the incorporation of old noir clips and the high level of funny. Using archival footage of Bogart and Bergman, et al., is clever enough, but actually basing the screenplay and humour around them? It's brilliant. Steve Martin has never been funnier or more appealing, and the beautiful black-and-white cinematography is perfectly at odds with the sometimes racy comedy. The story is rather ridiculous, but that's not what matters.
Beautifully edited and downright hilarious. One of my favorite comedy classics. Better than a cup of my famous java.
Really funny. Didn't realize it had other films spliced in until the 2nd half.
Could use more original content, for it's very thin even with an under-90 minute runtime, but the jokes are so affectionate that they land.
Παρωδία και φόρος τιμής ταυτόχρονα στο σινεμά του 40,με τον Steve Martin να είναι έξοχος στο ρόλο του ιδιωτικού ντετέκτιβ που αναλαμβάνει να εξιχνιάσει το μυστηριώδη θάνατο του καθηγητή και πατέρα της Rachel Ward,και μπλέκει σε μια δαιδαλώδη και παράξενη ιστορία. Έχει πολύ πλάκα η ταινία, έχει πανέξυπνη χρήση σκηνών από πολλά film noir της δεκαετίας του 40 και λειτουργεί και σαν κουίζ του στυλ «βρες από ποια ταινία είναι αυτή η σκηνή».
You have to be over 40 to find Steve Martin funny, right? He, like all comedians, have an era, a time when they were beloved, and I feel like I was just too young for it. He has some okay films, LA Story springs to mind, but mostly he is, to me, the banjo playing bluegrass artist, and the creepy guy from the Claire Danes film Shopgirl. Except for his role in the David Mamet classic The Spanish Prisoner, of course, where he is completely serious. He is just not that funny. The mix of low-brow comedy with a serious face-on is kinda annoying.
Though, to be fair to Martin, I like my comedies as essentially dramas where everyone has…
Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid is a humorous film noir parody that contains a surprisingly good story and maintains a faithful and authentic detective movie feel to it. To those who are into classic detective movies of the late 40s and 50s, you’ll probably be amused at the classic bits of noir films spliced into this movie and having Steve Martin edited in. Maybe you’ll recognize an old actor or a scene from an old movie. I recognized some actors and a scene from the film, “White Heat”.
Those who are not into old film noir can still find this movie enjoyable. It has enough good humor, detective work, and action bits to keep everyone engaged.
A parody with a simple, but highly inventive, concept executed near perfection through an unmistakable affection for the genre is paying homage and spoofing at the same time, a production value so impressive it's almost scary and the brilliant comedic delivery of Martin. The line between juvenile stupidity and highbrow humor is as blurry as movies like this ask for, however it could turn the jokes up a notch and cut some shoe-horned cameos to keep it from dragging in the middle. The coffee scene is visual comedy at its finest.
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