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City Cries To Be Often Viewed Movie
One of The Best Directed Film Noir Classics
- Hal P.
Siodmak was brilliant. Take a look at Crisscross and The Phantom Lady for more of his best work. Two scenes come to mind that you should watch for...(spoiler warning!!)....the scene where Conte is walking down the hall in the hospital while unbeknown to Conte an orderly runs frantically after him, and the scene where we first see the gigantic nurse, walking toward the camera, turning on lights that re-frame her silhouette as she comes closer. Fans of film direction will admit these two scenes belong on any list of Top 50 innovative set pieces. That's the easy part. The hard part finding a way to view the film. I can't believe it's not on TCM's play list. If you have a region-free disc player it's available at www.amazon.co.uk Check it out, you won't be disappointed. HP
At Least As Good As Any Noir
- Charles Brandt
This gritty realistic portrait of Italian-American immigrants and the sons of immigrants on both sides of the law in the late 1940s shot on location in New York City is a masterpiece every bit as good as Naked City, Kiss of Death and Asphalt Jungle. Yet there is nothing else like it. I saw it as a boy in New York City on its release and over the years on TV. It never loses its impact. The ending never fails to send chills.
How is this not on DVD
- Thomas Emmrich
A great film that really shows the dichotomy of good and evil. The direction by Robert Siodmak is excellent and the two leads, Victor Mature and Richard Conte, are superb. The film shows just how fine the line is between good an evil and uses some great iconography to achieve this. The use of costumes is great and they twist and complicate the belief of the good guy in white, bad guy in black, with the use of layered clothes. Also the Mise en scene of the final confronation between Mature and Conte is just about as classic an example of noir as I've ever seen. With Shelly Winters in a bit role as one of Conte's dames, it seems a sin that this film is not on DVD for all to enjoy.
cry of the city
Another great film noir. Will we ever get to see this one on video?