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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…
The noiriest noir? Give Robert Mitchum a hat and a cigarette, and he can turn the lyrics to "Yankee Doodle Dandy" into hard boiled dialogue. Give Tourneur a title and a movie camera, and he'll make poetry. The final scene is a real gut punch.
If you appreciate noir films then this is an essential viewing. We got various characters plotting and scheming against each other resulting in various betrayals that come of as haunting and dark. As far as the genre goes this can be easily placed in the top 10, maybe even top 5. Out of the Past also touches on a sense of longing for a peaceful dreamlike life. Of course it doesn't play out like that though.
Composition gives way to hints of how this will all play out and the cast perfectly capture that feeling too along with glimpses of loneliness in these people doing bad things. It all makes for great convoluted entertainment and serves as the standard for…
A craftsman-level construction. Marvel at it's globetrotting locales. Ponder its silver-halide perfection. Laugh and cry as the story twists and turns at a fever pitch.
Out of the Past is not only one of my favorite film noir, it is one of my favorite movies. This film is a perfect example of the classic noir. From the shadowy cinematography, a hard-boiled private detective, a manipulative femme fatale and a determined gangster. A perfect mix of Crime, Drama, Romance and Suspense. Highly recommended.
"You're good for nobody but me."
I finally realized two things about noir (or at least I finally felt what I had always known).
One: There's usually this sense of condemnation and separation in films noir. Like everyone's damned to hell already and they're just waiting to finally pull up to the station. For some reason or another, a bunch of folks have ended up in a moonlit realm of intrigue and vice that exists separately from the sunlit world everyone else resides in. And there ain't anyway out, ever.
Two: People tend to be pretty affable to each other in films noir. It doesn't matter whether you're a P.I. or some gambling boss or whether you're talking straight or setting some punk up for a big fall; you keep the conversations cordial until matters have reached their ultimate nadir. Passive-aggression and wisecracks do just fine until then.
Excellent film noir with a solid story and a very good cast. Robert Mitchum is great. Jane Greer and Kirk Douglas also shine. Beautiful cinematography. Only drawback is the music that gets annoying at times.
Il titolo parla chiaro: impossibile sfangarla dal passato.
Il miglior lavoro del regista di origini francesi, non è un horror suggestivo (anche se, Cat people..), ma un noir fatalista, dove il ritorno prepotente di un amore, fa tabula rasa del presente, precipitando in una spirale distruttiva e senza sbocchi il protagonista.
Ad un certo punto, Mitchum risponde in maniera inequivocabile alla splendida Greer:
Lei: Non c'è un modo per vincere?
Lui: Esiste un modo per perdere più lentamente...
In uno scambio di battute, l'essenza del cinema noir.
When you have the brilliant charm and charisma of Robert Mitchum; the frightening presence from Kirk Douglas's villain; and the femme fatale highly mysteriou , dangerously persuasive and absurdly beautiful from Jane Greer is hard to ask for more from Tourneur's film that represents its Noir in genre the best possible cinematic way.
Sólo nos queda aplaudir.
A bit disappointing, but a solid film-noir.
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