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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. 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…
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.
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…
Smoke'em if you got'em
Great, well-shot noir with a sterling cast and some truly snappy dialogue. This one deserves its reputation.
Chicago's Jacques Tourneur Love-Fest of 2010 culminates with this revival of what is likely his most famous film, an atypically delicate film noir. "This is no expressionist thunderstorm of guilt and fate," wrote Dave Kehr in his original Reader capsule, "but a film of small, finely textured effects, centered on subtle grades of morality." Much of the sense of nuance comes from the unconventional casting: Robert Mitchum, a born heavy, plays the hero, a New York private eye who winds up running a gas station in California under an alias; Kirk Douglas, who would come to deploy his macho anguish in the service of conflicted heroes, plays the crime boss villain. The film also benefits from a complicated flashback structure--every…
OUT OF THE PAST, likely Jacques Tourneur's most famous film, is an atypically delicate film noir. "This is no expressionist thunderstorm of guilt and fate," wrote Dave Kehr in his original Reader capsule, "but a film of small, finely textured effects, centered on subtle grades of morality." Much of the sense of nuance comes from the unconventional casting: Robert Mitchum, a born heavy, plays the hero, a New York private eye who winds up running a gas station in California under an alias; Kirk Douglas, who would come to deploy his macho anguish in the service of conflicted heroes, plays the crime boss villain. The film also benefits from a complicated flashback structure—every bit the equal of Robert Siodmak's THE…
"Well, I know a lot of smart guys, and a few honest ones. And you're both."
With sly wit and daring dialogue, "Out of the Past" cements itself in the pantheon of film noirs. Kirk Douglas steps out of stereotype to play a smart if forgiving gangster. With some of the best dialogue I have ever seen on screen, "Out of the Past" has got the elements that must make this a must-watch for screenwriting students. The mysterious elements were great and character motivations can never be trusted.
"Spontaneity? Bullshit!" - Daniele Huillet
Of the Tourneur films I've seen, each one drops you into the movie with such little exposition that it feels like we're watching the ending. Tourneur will then choose to exploit your anxiety about the fact that you have absolutely no idea what is going on. Unlike most of his work, it's easy to forget that this is a conventional structure for Tourneur, because as convoluted as it is, at least it has a plot. But JT uses this convolution to his advantage: we sense the feeling of "fatedness" common in all of his other work. Here it's by Mitchum constantly being a pawn in something he (and we) do not fully understand. There is…
Bewitching and tantalizing because of its wickedness, it demonstrates why film noir is, for me, the most interesting among the genres; it has a unique atmosphere that casts a spell among viewers that will leave you questioning. It's a tight and convincing noir with meticulous direction and superb acting.
A really fun and beautifully lit film noir. There's hardly anything cooler in the world than Robert Mitchum skulking around in a trenchcoat and hat, cigarette dangling out of his mouth.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…