Their Love was a Flame that Destroyed
Illicit lovers plot to kill the woman's older husband.
Illicit lovers plot to kill the woman's older husband.
Noir-November Challenge! Movie #19
A very strong character driven noir that featured the charistmatic coupling of Lana Turner and John Garfield! Where there's smoke there's fire and this couple was SIZZLING! The script was a lightweight but these heavyweight actors delivered a one-two punch that'll have you kissing the canvas!
Loved it up until the final moments of the film when it went full blown HOKEYville on us!
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A typically Noir tale of murderous infidelity. Scheming lovers plot to do away with the hapless husband and remove the obstacle to their happiness. There are obvious comparisons with Double Indemnity, with a hastily drawn-up life insurance policy figuring, and the consequences of the couples' actions closing around them like a net. But Frank and Cora's path to freedom is haphazard and unplanned - they really are making it up as they go along - and consequently the movie feels less tightly structured. The Postman Always Rings Twice still has a lot going for it, familiar Noir beats executed with style; there're just a few issues that hold it back from true genre classic status.
Despite being generally well-paced, it…
tfw the postman rings twice
I've talked about this already, but I don't think it can be stressed enough, how much the rise of film noir was dependent on a curious thing that was happening in the literary world in those same years. Basically, after literally decades of there being a wide gulf in quality between high-art "literary" authors (think Bronte, Dickens, Henry James, etc) and the low-art crap that was being churned out quickly for cheap entertainment (penny dreadfuls, children's literature, grimy erotica), in the years after World War One this gulf narrowed to the point of being nearly invisible, with award-winning literary authors like Ernest…
Crisp, tightfisted noir. No bulk on the bones. A worthy successor to Double Indemnity, almost too similar with its scheming lead duo and can of worms plot, but it is a composed piece of film-making. Lana Turner ain't no Stanwyck, but she holds her own against the men in the picture. There's a moment towards the end where John Garfield slaps the silly out of a fat man and it was beautiful. Three Stooges-level funny, but within the framework of a twisty noir, it cut the tension like a hot knife in butter. Great stuff.
A lot of plot points just didn't make sense. Too many moments were hard to believe. The characters were inconsistent. The ending was preachy and corny. But I'd watch again for Lana Turner!
Andá a cagar. This is why I still can't say that I like film noir.
The early scenes aren't very well written or, perhaps consequently, played, and thus never do a really good job of investing us in the various twists and turns from the outset, but once this gets going it's still quite a ride. Plus, I'm a sucker for crime movies about people who are really bad at crime.
I liked it, okay? I didn’t love it. It’s good. Whatever.
We’ll just ignore the dumb/rushed character motivations and story beats, and how the characters need more time to develop yet the movie still feels bloated.
bUt iM a FiLm sTuDeNt aNd tHiS iS iN bLaCk & wHiTe sO tHaT mAkEs iT sMaRT aNd iM SmART
Lana Turner, who got billing above John Garfield in this movie, and deservedly so, is stunning as Cora, the most alluring woman I've ever seen on screen, the quintessential femme fatale.
That first time we meet Cora is simply one of the most erotic, powerful scenes ever filmed. Frank is sitting at the restaurant counter, Cora's husband, Nick, has gone to see a customer, and we see a tube of lipstick rolling on the floor. The camera follows Frank's gaze from the lipstick, to the path it took on the floor, to its owner and the reason it fell to the floor. The camera stops - as Frank's gaze does - on Cora's shapely legs, shown in all their splendor…
Have heard a lot about this film and their leads but never saw it or them before in any movie. So it was all very new to me except the genre of course. It all unravels in the most expected way and it's captivating on the screen while it lasts. It twists and turns and has a good dose of all the film-noir elements but it didn't stick with me though.
Was their desire not too forbidden? Was their self-centeredness all too predictable? I think while everything fell into place it didn't stick deep enough because I didn't trust or like the leads. I would have not stuck my neck out for either of them, regardless of how much love-crazed/lust-ridden…
can’t tell if frank was hot or not
Lana Turner plays great to form in this, but I'd still want to see an adaptation where Cora is just a normal woman who runs a diner. There's just a little too much glamour and a little too much of a leap for suspension of disbelief to really buy into it.
He rings for thee.
Scavenger Hunt 42
Task #17: A film with a job in the title
Decent enough noir with lovely femme fatale and a patently ridiculous ending. Two things I took away watching it:
1. Cora’s trial was probably the most realistic depiction of courtroom procedures of any movie like this I’ve seen
2. The cop who was obsessed with the cat was my favorite part/the most relatable part—probably not a good sign for the movie itself, though.
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