By Roger Ebert
Occasionally there's simply not anything extra soaking up than staring at a film that actually appears to be like at existence at the darkish facet, revealing these darkish elements of human nature that we discover so facinating. In Roger Ebert's selections of 27 videos from the darkish part, he deals a diversified choice from a glance on the seamy part of lifestyles in L.A. in Chinatown to a backwoods homicide long past fallacious in Blood easy. Throw in classics from Alfred Hitchcock, infamous and Strangers on a teach, and French excursions de strength, Bob le Flambeur and Touchez Pas au Grisbi and you've obtained the primer on movie noir.
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The Invisible Ray WE dir Lambert Hillyer, 1936, US, 80m, b/w Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi, together again in a standardissue tale of a scientist, exposed to a radioactive meteorite, who stalks colleagues when the antidote (fashioned by Lugosi) drives him mad. This is why you should always carry a Geiger counter. Worth catching late at night. ^ One Million BC WE dir Hal Roach, 1940, US, 80m, b/w An exiled tribesman (Victor Mature) meets up with a more peaceful tribe and then helps protect it from dinosaurs that look suspiciously like lizards shot in close-up.
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