RARA-AVIS: Re: Ossessione and La bete humaine

From: phil_sunset ( phil_sunset@yahoo.com)
Date: 16 Sep 2007

"Pepe le Moko" is a great film. How about "Le Jour se leve" which, I believe, was remade as "The Long Night"?


--- In rara-avis-l@yahoogroups.com, William Ahearn
<williamahearn@...> wrote:
> --- jacquesdebierue <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?
> William
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