All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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. Town lawman Jim is in love with Ann and unsure about Jeff, who is secretive about his past.
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…
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…
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…
''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…
Joe couldn't find a prayer in the Bible.
- Whit Sterling
It seems like a lot of noir stories are about a man's past coming up to bite him in the arse. Usually a woman will be involved - the femme fatale - she'll be responsible for a crime or pushing the man towards it. And now he'll be stuck between a rock and a hard place with nowhere to go but down. Part of me thinks that these sorts of stories are too convoluted and drawn-out to ever amount to much, but then again, it's hardly like the best noirs act like plotting is their most important element. The complex pulpy narrative only seems secondary to the larger picture…
David's Movie entry #18: May 5th, 2014
In Memory of David Eisen
Tourneur, the man who began his fame with high class b-movies that he turned into an art form all on their own had gained so much recognition with his work at the bottom of the studio barrel that he had climbed his way to the top. Out of the Past is a A grade picture all the way with a stellar cast in Mitchum, Douglas, and Greer. Jacques Tourneur had succeeded where one of my favorite Japanese filmmakers Seijun Suzuki did not. Whereas Suzuki was continually forced to work on lower scale studio controlled pictures in which he tried to apply his own aesthetic to the same way…
Film noirs hit like a motherfucker in the 1940s and left a pretty substantial impact on film history. Many of the individual films have been forgotten, with only a few really holding a place of their own. Out of the Past is one of those films, and while it does strike me as one of the better noirs, I don't think it's quite the classic many others do. The basic tropes are little too common of noirs and I found the convoluted narrative frustrating, particularly in the second act. Some argue the messy plot is what makes it a film noir, but I disagree. Movies like Double Indemnity and Mildred Pierce excel as noirs, and they have sharper storytelling. And…
So good. No change. I want to live someplace with shadows like these and where everyone talks this quickly and wittily, EVEN IF that means I'm doomed.
I think this is the first noir I've watched this summer where people of color were portrayed as normal people.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Yep it's good
Dianne not happy Mitchum dies at the end. Noir.
The filming of Out of the Past got off to a rocky start with a near-fatal plane accident at the Bridgeport, California airport landing field. The pilot, accompanied by Robert Mitchum, a studio accountant and an assistant to executive Walter Duff, realized his brakes didn't work when they touched down, causing the plane to crash through a fence, over a ditch, and through an outhouse before coming to a stop. Although the two men in the back seat were knocked unconscious, Mitchum and the pilot were not hurt. Typical of Mitchum's nonchalant attitude, he quickly crawled out of the wreckage, dusted off his clothes and…
A film noir classic and one of the best of the genre with excellent performances from Robert Mitchum, Judy Greer and Kirk Douglas. It was later remade as Against All Odds which in itself is a good movie.
Of all Noir protagonists Robert Mitchum's Jeff Bailey is the coolest, most self-aware, the most powerful. He's the superior man brought down by being foolish about a woman who's no good. Bailey is so far ahead of everyone else, it becomes increasingly hard to believe that he continues to be soft on the bad-to-the-bone Kathy Moffet (Jane Greer). In the end, he simply appears to give up on her out of boredom. Mitchum contributes to the tone of the film as much Jacques Tourner's direction and Nick Musuraca's cinematography. It's intensely atmospheric, but it's also abstract in the way Mitchum goes through the motions with such a knowing air embodied in his voice or the way he stares vacantly at…
In my opinion, the only other possible contender for greatest film noir other than Out of the Past is Billy Wilder's masterpiece Double Indemnity. Jacques Tourner's 1947 indisputable masterpiece is pretty much the ultimate summation of the genre. Not only are film noir staples such as fate, narration, femme fatales, flashback, deceit and murder, chiaroscuro photography, one's past affecting their future, a corrupted and pessimistic worldview, doomed romances, and all the cigarettes the eye can see all given their due, but the execution of the material is breathtakingly proficient and brisk. The perverted love triangle of Mitchum, Greer, and Douglas is pure noir, and all three give amazing performances. Douglas plays the aloof bastard that he does so well to…
Pretty perfect noir. Fantastic writing and a stellar cast.
Fresh off a pot bust, Robert Mitchum is probably the coolest lead man in any noir. Literally so relaxed and cool that his voice over informs us in two different scenes that he is falling asleep at bars. In most of the movie, Mitchum looks like he'd just like to lay down and take a few z's.
He's matter of fact and leads with his sappy heart. Anyone as cool and detached as Bailey is sure to have the women calling. In his remade life we see in the beginning of the film, Bailey has the loyalty of a farm girl and an ingenious deaf mute. He can dominate those kinds of folks. But when it comes to someone in…