Re: RARA-AVIS: Re: Ossessione and La bete humaine

From: William Ahearn (
Date: 16 Sep 2007

--- jacquesdebierue <> wrote:

> Fine, classic films, both. What specific research
> are you doing on
> pre-WWII film noir?

I'm looking into story line rather than say, cinematic influences or any of that. It's odd that Ossessione is usually referred to not as a noir film but as the film that launched Italian Neo-Realism. I haven't seen the 1939 French version of "Postman" yet but Visconti really blew my socks off. What a great film. Funny thing is that as with "The Bicycle Thief" I loved that flick but never really cared much for anything De Sica did after that. Visconti's later work isn't my favorite stuff either. So I wasn't expecting such a great film. And La Bete Humaine is an incredible movie. Just fabulous. The best railroad footage and acting and all shot on location. What a noir masterpiece.

Got "Pepe LaMoko" slotted for today. And rummaging around looking for other films from the time. Any suggestions?


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