Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Sight & Sound Challenge: Out of the Past (1947)

Film: Out of the Past (66/250) 
Critics Poll: 183rd 
Directors Poll: 224th 
First Time/Rewatch: First Time

Wow! What a ride! This is the film-noiriest of film noirs, from the shadows to the dialogue to the tilt of Mitchum's hat to the smirk of the baddest bitch ever.  Robert Mitchum plays Jeff, a man looking to escape his dark past and the dame who captivated him, but he just can't seem to break free of it. Jane Greer is fantastic as the quintessential femme fatale Kathie, whose schemes are as impressive as her stunning face. Everybody's acting at the top of their game, including Kirk Douglas as the man who hires Jeff to track Kathie down. The supporting cast also includes the recently passed Dickie Moore as The Kid, Jeff's deaf right-hand man who ends up playing an integral part in the plot. And speaking of the plot, it's so good! It has lots of twists and turns and never feels predictable or convoluted. This is a great film to introduce someone to the genre, and I highly recommend it to all film noir loving people everywhere!

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