A Matter of Life and Death (1946, UK, Powell & Pressburger) – David Niven bails from his plane without a parachute, and survives by a miracle. From this point on, he’s either being visited by agents of Heaven, who accuse him of having cheated death, or he’s a confused veteran who’s cracking up. Watched it all. Whatever you do, for Heaven’s sake watch the opening scene:
Duel in the Sun (1946, USA, Vidor) – One sure way for a movie to piss me off is to open with a 9 minute musical prelude, followed by a 2 minute musical overture. They’re the same thing, you pretentious assholes. Watched: 12 minutes, only a minute into the titles, so I guess I’ll never know what this movie was actually about.
Suspense (1946, USA, Tuttle) – Some guy is hired right off the street, and quickly climbs his way to the top of the dangerous world of figure skating. It’s Noir on Ice, (literally, in one scene), and not only does it work very well, it makes figure skating seem cool and daring. Watched it all.
The DARK Corner (1946, USA, Hathaway) – Who is Bradford Galt? He’s a private investigator, with a standard P. I. office, a standard secretary, and a standard William Bendix on his tail. Watched: 6 minutes.
Inside Job (1946, USA, Yarbrough) – Say, did they make anything other than noir in 1946, or are the dice I use to select these movies loaded? Watched: 4 minutes.
Your stamina is impressive. Powell & Pressburger are largely forgotten masters from british film.
Yes, or at least I hadn’t heard about them before watching The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, my favorite so far.
For some reason it’s the motorcycle scene in Colonel Blimp that’s stuck in my mind.
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