Vintage Sunday: Film Noir

Vintage Sunday: Film Noir

My most recent vintage obsession is Film Noir – I don’t know about you, but I like to stitch with old movies for company – and I’ve really fallen hard this time! I’ve been reading the above Taschen book on the subject as well as “The Big Sleep” by Raymond Chandler – and watching any Film Noir movie I can get my hands on. I watched Double Indemnity a few months ago and loved it so much I could hardly express it – it’s the ultimate Noir, with all the associated stereotypes: the hard-boiled voiceover, the dames in amazing dresses, the angsty love affair that will destroy them both. Check out the original trailer for Double Indemnity:

Sigh! I can’t explain what it is, but it just makes me so happy, my heart hurts! (Like when I watch Footloose.) And of course, there’s The Postman Always Rings Twice, Sunset Boulevard and Gilda and they’re all wonderful. But I’ve also been watching some of the lesser known Noir films – Scarlett Street, Pickup on South Street, The Dark Corner (with a non-silly Lucille Ball as the female lead!). These movies are so insane, sometimes they don’t even seem to make any sense at all, which only adds to their incredible charm. I just can’t get enough of them – I’m already worried about when the time comes that I’ve run out of films to watch!

Do you like old movies? Tell me about them – I love recommendations!

2 Comments on Vintage Sunday: Film Noir

  1. Mita Saldana
    May 5, 2014 at 22:19 (4 years ago)

    I love, love, love old movies! One of my favorite film noir movies is Laura. It’s got Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews in it. Sorry Wrong Number is another good one with Barbara Stanwick. I watch the oldies tv (Turner Classic Movies)station all the time. My husband likes to joke around that we don’t need a color tv because everything I watch is in black and white!

    • julie
      May 6, 2014 at 16:07 (4 years ago)

      Haha! Yes, I’m definitely on an old-movie-binge as well! I *just* bought Laura today – it’s always mentioned as one of the big ones and I haven’t seen it yet. I haven’t seen Sorry Wrong Number, either – I’m off to look it up now!

      Happy to meet a fellow oldies-lover! :)


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