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Noirvember challenge; November 2014
Topic Started: Oct 31 2014, 10:37:50 AM (8,407 Views)
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Noirvember Challenge
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Goal:
Watch as many movies as you can that fit into the noir genre. If you are in doubt whether a movie counts or not, just ask.

Rules:
- A feature film (Anything over 45 minutes) counts as one entry.
- A total of 60 minutes of short films count as one entry.
- For Mini-Series/TV series (45 minute episodes or longer) each episode counts as an entry.
- For Mini-Series/TV series with shorter episodes (25 minutes or so), the 60 minute rule applies.
- Rewatches allowed.

Challenge runs from 1 November 2014 to 30 November 2014.

Official lists:
IMDb Top 50 Film-Noir
250 Quintessential Noir Films
More Noirs from TSPDT

Unofficial lists:
BFI 100 key Noir films
Another 100 Film Noirs (BFI Screen Guide)
A Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Film Noir: The Essential Reference Guide
The Film Noir Encyclopedia
Film Noir Guide - 745 Films of the Classic Era (1940-1959)
Film Noir - TASCHEN
Film Noir. 100 All-Time Favorites. Taschen, 2014
British Film Noir Guide (369 Films 1937-1964)
The Art of Noir - Eddie Muller
"Death on the Cheap - The Lost B Movies of Film Noir" by Arthur Lyons
Fox Film Noir
Japanese Film-Noir
One Hundred and One French Film Noirs
Filmgenres - Film Noir (Reclam)
Criterion Collection Themes - Noir and Neonoir
DVD Beaver Essential Film Noir

Participants:
frbrown - 84
klaus78 - 43
jonas2k - 36
Hunziker - 34
Wise Jake - 28
flavo5000 - 27
cinephage - 24
mathiasa - 20
ArthurYanthar - 15
Lammetje - 15
PeacefulAnarchy - 15
edkrak - 12
Kobrakai - 12
blocho - 11
metaller - 11
ryebass - 10
HVM - 8
allisoncm - 7
ororama - 7
3eyes - 6
ChrisReynolds - 6
perceval - 6
Knaldskalle - 5
Local Hero -- aka MestnyiGeroi - 4
VincentPrice - 4
Lilarcor - 3
funkybusiness - 2
wowwee123 - 1
joachimt - 0
Kowry - 0
tomelce - 0
Edited by joachimt, Dec 1 2014, 05:51:00 PM.
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In, it'll be a nice change of pace after this month's Horror challenge.
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In.
Edited by HVM, Nov 11 2014, 06:43:12 PM.
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I am on this! I just hope that I'll find more films like Crashout and Pool of London, cause it'll suck if I already watched my favourite noirs in a month other than noirvember.
Edited by XxXApathy420XxX, Oct 31 2014, 11:59:09 AM.
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Of course! I aim for 15-ish films.
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Oh, goody! Top 50 films from Norway! Let's all watch Kitchen stories!

Seriously, I'm in. I was thinking of going for a tin on the 250 list (16 to go), but I have other things on my plate so maybe not.


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Local Hero better not cheat like he did last year :lol:
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Oct 31 2014, 09:37:52 PM
Local Hero better not cheat like he did last year :lol:
That Local <_<

What did he do last year?
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Oct 31 2014, 09:52:37 PM
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Oct 31 2014, 09:37:52 PM
Local Hero better not cheat like he did last year :lol:
That Local <_<

What did he do last year?
Looked at the thread again now. He counted an entry for a film that he finished at like 11:55 pm in Halloween.

I then quoted Larry's famous post and he thought I was being serious.
Edited by XxXApathy420XxX, Oct 31 2014, 10:07:33 PM.
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I have to finish the TSPDT list so I'll try. That would require watching as many movies as I have in the past 4 months, but it's less than 1 per day and if anything can get me back into the movie watching groove it's some noirs.
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I'm in! Maybe I can see a few more.
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Film noir? Eh.
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Alright guys, gimme your offbeat/unusual noirs!
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Nov 1 2014, 03:21:37 AM
Film noir? Eh.
I guess this means you're in... ;)
Any noirs left for you to watch?
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Films I have seen on the "250 Quintessential Noir Films" list:

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Some films I really want to see:

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I think the films marked with asterisks is what I most likely will watch during this month.
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I'll try to watch a few. 12 away from bronze on BFI 100 key Noir films, that shouldn't be too hard.
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ArthurYanthar
Nov 1 2014, 03:50:45 AM
Alright guys, gimme your offbeat/unusual noirs!
I had a quick scroll what you've seen/not seen on a couple of the main lists. I'd suggest:

Lady in the Lake
D.O.A.
Murder by Contract
The Sniper
The Killers (64)

none especially obscure but they all stand out a bit.
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Nov 1 2014, 10:18:30 AM
ArthurYanthar
Nov 1 2014, 03:50:45 AM
Alright guys, gimme your offbeat/unusual noirs!
I had a quick scroll what you've seen/not seen on a couple of the main lists. I'd suggest:

Lady in the Lake
D.O.A.
Murder by Contract
The Sniper
The Killers (64)

none especially obscure but they all stand out a bit.
Pfft, all mainstream garbage right there.

I have Murder by Contract on my hard drive already, but thanks for the rest. I also went through the RYM charts by year and looked for all the films with a high rating and ~5 number of ratings, since I've had a great streak with film noirs with this method.

I also gotta see the few classics, especially Gaslight.
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In. Aiming to see about 10 films.

1. Laura (Preminger, 1944) 7/10

Pretty good but

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I'll be in on this one. I love me some noir. Won't be able to binge watch these like I was doing with horror though. Much narrower focus and time period.
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I'm in. But I will only be in for a max of five. If I watch too many noirs in a month they start all blurring into the same movie.
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Is this just classic noirs or neo-noir is also fine? Like that list for example:
http://www.theyshootpictures.com/noirneo.htm
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Nov 1 2014, 03:50:45 AM
Alright guys, gimme your offbeat/unusual noirs!
I second Murder by Contract, D.O.A., and Lady in the Lake.

Did you like When Strangers Marry? If you did, Follow Me Quietly has a somewhat similar atmosphere, with the cheapness of the sets serving to enhance the dreamlike mood.

https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/the+devil+thumbs+a+ride/
It ends the way you'd expect, but until then the most charismatic of Lawrence Tierne's bad guys manages to enjoy himself to the max.

https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/the+tall+target/
Period noir set on a train. Anthony Mann, John Alton, Dick Powell.

https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/storm+warning-1951/
Pretty standard anti-KKK noir, but it stars Ginger Rogers and Doris Day. Ginger gets whipped.

https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/the+window/
Noir from a child's POV. Not much similarity to The Night of the Hunter.

https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/the+breaking+point/
Bathed in Florida sunlight, but very bleak. Based on the same novel as Hawks' To Have and Have Not, but with no resemblance.

https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/lady+on+a+train/
Not really a noir, but a light mystery-comedy-romance, starring Deanna Durbin, with some noirish cinematography.

https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/the+killer+is+loose/
Mostly for Wendell Corey's performance as an awkward psycho.

https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/exterior+night/
A short made in 1993, with modern actors, in colour, shot in front B&W backgrounds from classical noirs. Just like the spare sets do in Follow Me Quietly, here the stiff acting and the convoluted story contribute to the dreamlike atmosphere.


From Britain:
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/the+small+back+room/
Powell, Pressburger, alcoholism

From France:
https://www.icheckmovies.com/movies/lassassin+habite...+au+21/
Comic mystery, closer to Agatha Christie than Raymond Chandler, with some noirish cinematography.

If gimmicky counts as unusual, there's the already mentioned Lady in the Lake, and The Thief, which I haven't seen.
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Nov 1 2014, 02:49:28 PM
Is this just classic noirs or neo-noir is also fine? Like that list for example:
http://www.theyshootpictures.com/noirneo.htm
I will be watching some neo-noirs for the challenge, noone can stop me!
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1. Caught (1949)
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I'll watch a few, although I'm not really into movies at the moment.
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1. The Big Combo (1955)
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Looking back at my list, my total was 6 last year, including 3 Hong Kong and 1 German movies, and only 1 movie from the classic era. I should do a little better with overall numbers and the classic era this year, although I will also be participating in the DVD Talk Fourth Annual November Comedy Challenge, so my loyalties are divided.
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1. No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948) 6/10 Sometimes interesting.Sometimes the plot seemed far-fetched or unintelligible.
2. Walk Softly, Stranger 7/10 Noir's pretty good when you have Joseph Cotten in a noir/romance. Need to see more of those.
3. Three Steps North (1951) 5/10 Pretty lame. It was weird to have two noirs in a row where the leading lady is Italian. Although this film was set in Italy, so maybe not so weird. Usually it would be an added bonus, but too bad the story and acting were so bad.
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I'm in. Huge fan of old time radio and really should see more from this period.
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1. Scarlet Street (1945) 7.5/10
A very good Fritz Lang noir with Edward G. Robinson playing very well against type (seems like everything I've ever seen him in was as a gangster). The last 30 minutes or so in particular were great.

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I'm not going to be able to participate, but if you are looking for something that I've seen PM me and I'll WeTransfer it to you if I still have it (chances are I do).
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I've seen seven already, starting from yesterday. Listed in spoiler:

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Rawhide is going to be on TCM this week.

I can't watch much till after Nov. 10th, but I'll try to get in some this month, so I'm in.
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I did a summer of noir two years ago. It was pretty intense. Eventually, the movies started blending together. As with the Western, the noir is usually an exercise in variations upon a rigid formula. Think of it like the old German beer law, which limited ingredients to only barley, hops, and water. And yet, a universe of flavor could be coaxed from varying recipes containing those three ingredients.

For a wonderful but obscure noir, may I recommend Cry Danger. Hard to find, but some of the best dialogue I've ever heard in a noir.
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1. Crime Against Joe-1956: 7/10
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2. Mildred Pierce (Curtiz, 1945) 8/10

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I am not such a big fan of classic noirs to watch a lot of them in one month, so I'll probably focus on some neo-noirish things, with 2-4 classics mixed somewhere in between.
1. Twin Peaks S01E01
2. Twin Peaks S01E02
3. Twin Peaks S01E03
My first time watching this series. I like it so far, but some things are getting on my nerves, especially the same track that's constantly playing in the background. Also not a big fan of Lynch's sense of humor here - I prefer him more serious.
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2. Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
3. Shack Out on 101 (1955)

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