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Out of the Past
A MAN - Trying to run away from his past... A WOMAN - Trying to escape her future...
Jeff Bailey seems to be a mundane gas station owner in remote Bridgeport, CA. He is dating local girl Ann Miller and lives a quiet life. But Jeff has a secret past, and when a mysterious stranger arrives in town, Jeff is forced to return to the dark world he had tried to escape.
How big a chump can you get to be? I was finding out.
Jacques Tourneur made his Hollywood feature film debut under contract with MGM Studios but was released after a few unsuccessful films. He went to work for RKO Pictures, but was relegated to the B-list. It's here that his career dramatically turned around as Tourneur was able to make a few true classics under the B-movie structure (Cat People, I Walked with a Zombie) which caused him to soon be promoted to the A-List and on track to direct the greatest film of his career.
While Daniel Mainwaring (working under the pseudonym Geoffrey Homes) is credited with adapting his own novel, Build My Gallows High, it's…
One of the best of the Film Noir. Robert Mitchum plays Jeff Bailey a private eye who gets mixed up with (actually between) gangster Whit Sterling (Kirk Douglas) and his girl Kathie Moffat (Jane Greer). Bailey is sent to find the Sterling’s girl who has shot the gangster and run off. Not sure if Sterling wants the girl back to kill her or to make-up, Bailey finds her. But, Bailey decides he loves her and he runs off with her. After realizing just what deep trouble he is in, he tries to leave that life behind and live a quiet, simple life with a nice girl.
However, his past finds him out and he is sent on one more job…
Film #30 of Project 40
”You know, maybe I was wrong and luck is like love. You have to go all the way to find it.”
Out of the Past offers everything that you may expect from a film noir of 40s: An intricate plot centering around an unsolvable mystery, characters who are trying to double cross each other, dark past, flashbacks, gloomy pictures, cigarette smoke, femme fatales and a pretty much frightening atmosphere. Jacques Tourneur orchestrates this complex collection with admirable skill and gives us a film that has all the elements of the great noir cinema, while Out of the Past is a quite underrated work in comparison to some of the more famous noirs of 40s but…
For a film so indelibly involved in the lost rivers of memory, Out of the Past confounds because of its ever-present feeling within the now. Every frame feels like the mistakes and the pain of the past will reach out and strangle our main characters, but that never stops the main mystery from propelling forward with impeccable fluidity. The chemistry between Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer is some of the finest to ever emerge out of the film-noir genre, with the two crafting conversations of moving honesty and sparkling sensuality.
The atmosphere that they're surrounded in, with Nicholas Musuraca conjuring haunting imagery as DP, only cements the fact that Jacques Tourneur was a master of looming terror. Out of the Past, with its hard-boiled corruption and its sexy otherworldly rhythms, is quite possibly the finest horror film that Jacques ever directed. It is film-noir at its most crystalline and pure, and you won't soon forget it.
''Let's go down to the bar. We can cool off while we try to impress each other.''
One would be hard pressed to name a more effective example of film noir than Jacques Tourneur's Out of the Past and it's all served up on a silver platter; hard-boiled, double-talking detective (Robert Mitchum), seductive femme fatale (Jane Greer), girlfriend with a heart of gold (Virginia Huston), the slick and slippery gangster (Kirk Douglas), a tangled web of a plot that requires full attention to grasp (thanks Wikipedia plot synopsis), shadowy photography and lots of cigarette smoke.
Tourneur brings his Cat People cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca along for the ride and together they manage to capture the true essence of the genre in…
It begins in the California Sierras, folds back to New York and Acapulco and San Francisco, then drifts onward to a Lake Tahoe roadblock, always with the irresistible flow of a dream. (The intricate structure is scarcely appreciated by the local police officer, who grumbles like a blindsided reviewer: "Too many people. Too much talk.") The gas station owner (Robert Mitchum) was once a gumshoe, his background of desire and betrayal catches up to the small-town sanctuary, a tale recounted on a late-night car ride (cf. Franju's Thérèse Desqueyroux). The gambling gangster (Kirk Douglas) hires him to track down the "wild goose with 40 Gs," she (Jane Greer) emerges out of the Mexican theater and into the café to set…
"I didn't know you're so little."
we all know the solution to every problem you have with every someone is to kill every him/her.
Every person in this film has such a great face. Its worth it just for that.
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There was like a thirty minute period where I had no clue what was going on but it finally clicked for me when Mitchum gets back to the house and finds a dead body; despite his everlasting cool and piety, he is far more similar to Marlowe from The Long Goodbye, a hapless, out of touch man who is constantly being used and abused by everyone around him, making his plight all the more tragic.
this probably would have been better if i actually paid full attention to it....
but i will say, the girls looked pretty damn cute with the snapchat deer filter on them
Out of the Past doubles down on many of the classic noir elements; full of shady detectives, duplicitous dames, a LOT of smoking, and so many switches and double-crosses that you really have to keep up to make sense of the plot.
Robert Mitchum stars as Jeff Bailey, a small town gas station owner who had a past life as a private detective. When he is sent to find gangster Whit Sterling's (Kirk Douglas) missing girlfriend, Kathie (Jane Greer), he falls in love and runs away with her instead, but the past catches up with him and he must do one last job for Whit in order to square the ledger. But who's being set up? And who's double-crossing who?…
Screened as part of “Noir Fest I”
“I don’t want to die.”
“Neither do I, baby. But if I have to, I’m gonna die last.”
This could be the blueprint for all film noir, filling out the entire checklist of story, character, and style elements. But more than that, it is one of the greatest of the genre. Mitchum’s private detective knows where he’s heading, and he solemnly accepts his fate. The idyllic opening is a brilliant smokescreen. We think it’s an alternative path for him, but it’s actually a cruel display of what he’ll never have.
Great podcasts from Out of the Past film noir series by Shannon Clute and Richard Edwards (assoc with TCM) analysing its meta (chara Meta) qualities - the puns visual and verbal - names Markum, Kathie Moffatt (ironic) etc. Visual - the framing, nets, beams part-seen names. A manual in how to make a noir, they say.
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Another noir film. The ending's great. He totally told that deaf kid to lie etc. I dig it.
This is what happens when your car breaks down on a Sunday morning and you have nothing else to do…