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"I hated every part of her but I couldn't figure her out yet. Maybe she was alright. And maybe Christmas comes in July..."
on 8 August 2016
EXCELLENT! This is one of the best "film noir" I ever saw! I loved every single moment of it! Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.
Captain Warren "Rip" Murdock (Humphrey Bogart) and Sergeant Johnny Drake (William Prince) are war heroes. Drake won the Congressional Medal of Honor and he is to be decorated soon; Murdock, who was his commanding officer, came with him from France in order to receive the Distinguished Service Cross. But just before they arrive to Washington, Drake runs away and vanishes - without a trace. Authorities are puzzled by this unprecedented behaviour and immediately an investigation begins. Murdock, who considers Drake as his best friend, also decides to look for him - unofficially and with no holds barred. And then the film really begins...
I love "film noir" and this is one of the absolutely best I ever saw. From the beginning there is a great mystery in this story and it is not fully explained until the end. The atmosphere is heavy with menace and evil. There will be dead bodies, shots fired, nasty bad guys and nasty cops, double crosses, gambling, cigarettes and whiskey, killer dialogs and one liners - and of course the first person narration by the lonely dark hero...
There is of course also a deeply mysterious "femme fatale" in this film, played by the amazing Lizabeth Scott, an extremely beautiful woman and very talented actress. Her looks and voice made me think of Lauren Bacall who went to the dark side of the Force...))) She is incredible in this film, from the first to the last scene.
The scenario is strong and the ending is as good as the (very tense) beginning. There is not one weakness in this film. I recommend it to all amateurs of "film noir" and good cinema in general. I will absolutely keep the DVD for another viewing. ENJOY!