I’m very excited and honored to be one of the contributors to the most recent issue of The Dark Pages: The Newsletter for Film Noir Lovers, edited by Karen Burroughs Hansberry. This particular issue is a special GIANT issue focused on the year 1950. Not only does the issue feature articles on great film noir movies from that year, it also examines what was going on in the world and the culture.
I wrote a piece on the unfairly neglected film noir Where Danger Lives (1950) starring Robert Mitchum, but you can also find discussions of other films such as In a Lonely Place, Gun Crazy, D.O.A., Night and the City, The Woman on Pier 13, The Breaking Point, No Man of Her Own and more. You’ll also find articles on strong anti-heroines of 1950s film noir, director Cy Endfield, virus noir and more.
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Brief Encounter (1945)
Directed by David Lean
Written by Anthony Havelock-Allan, Ronald Neame, and David Lean
Based on the play Still Life by Noël Coward
Cinematography by Robert Krasker
Edited by Jack Harris
FilmStruck streaming (1:26)
(For more about the Blind Spot series, please check out The Matinee)
David Lean’s Brief Encounter is undeniably a great film, one that continues to resonate with audiences for many reasons: it depicts a forbidden romance, is superbly crafted, meticulously photographed, and refuses to descend to the level of sappy vapid romances that have plagued movies since their inception. Although the story is set in the prewar British suburbs of 1938, the film was released in November 1945, several months after the end of World War II. While Brief Encounter is not a film noir, it contains an undercurrent of dissatisfaction (in this case, with a marriage) and unease, elements that are common to both noir and the postwar era. The film also prompts us to examine our own lives, in effect asking – regardless of the differing mores of 1945 versus 2017 – “What would I do in a similar situation?” Brief Encounter hits us where we live.
My apologies to Jon over at Rarefilmm. Some time ago, I posted that Rarefilmm had returned as RareFilm, which is incorrect. RareFilm.net is a completely different site that is not affiliated with Rarefilmm and is not managed by Jon. My apologies to Jon and anyone else who was confused by my post.
If you haven’t visited Rarefilmm, please do! Jon has a welcome message that brings readers up-to-date on what’s been happening with the site, a showcase for over 200 films. I see several titles I plan on watching soon, including many film noir titles I’ve been seeking out for years. Enjoy!