Called, Build My Gallows High, the the UK.
- Out of the Past review by Steve Mason
A brilliant Film Noir. The poetic dialogue. The gloomy cynicism, which allows no light in. The feeling that nothing can end well. The certainty of entrapment.
As when the lovers kiss among the fishing nets on the beach. Both under false names. Mitchum abandoning any sense of moral decency.
Sitting a trenchcoat in a Mexican bar with a big neon sign, thinking that he is the trap. But really it is Kathie Moffat, a femme fatale who can never let you down, because she can only ever be bad
And the lines that capture the pessimistic philosophy of film noir so exquisitely, in the casino, as Bailey watches Moffat lose at roulette.
"That's not the way to win.
Is there a way to win?
There's a way to lose more slowly..."
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A trenchcoat of a film.
- Out of the Past review by RhysH
It is probably de rigueur to state that this is film noir and it is one of the films that sets the standard and to some extent lays out the rules of the genre. This is the film that made Robert Mitchum, maybe the word wasn't in use, in this context, in 1947 but he is the epitome of "cool". His facial expression never changes whether his life is in danger or he is about to kiss the femme fatale and his vocal register remains on one level. It is a masterclass in non-acting acting. Jane Greer's performance is also understated, it exudes eroticism without even trying. The plot is complicated but following it is not necessary to enjoy the film, the dialogue by Daniel Mainwaring (aka novelist Geoffrey Holmes) crackles along with some great exchanges. At one point, I forget the details, he says to her something like "you're quite small" and she replies "I'm bigger than Napoleon." Great stuff.
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