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  • The Accused

    A psychology professor (Loretta Young) kills a student who tries to rape her and, after covering up the crime, must helplessly watch the investigation into his death. more...
  • The Big Clock

    John Farrow directed this tasteful film noir (1948), which is something of a contradiction in terms; it's reminiscent of Fritz Lang without Lang's hysteria. more...
  • The Big Lebowski (R)

    Probably the Coen brothers' most enjoyable movie—glittering with imagination, cleverness, and filmmaking skill—though, as in their other films, the warm feelings they generate around a couple of salt-of-the-earth types don't apply to anyone else in the cast: you might as well be scraping them off your shoe. more...
  • The Big Sleep (Pre-Release Version)

    Finished in early 1945, Howard Hawks's original remodeling of the Raymond Chandler mystery is in fact two minutes shorter than the version released more than a year later, but it contains 18 minutes of footage Hawks discarded to make room for new scenes. more...
  • The Big Sleep (NR)

    A very good movie (1946), and by far the best Raymond Chandler adaptation, but it isn't one of Howard Hawks's most refined efforts—it lacks his clarity of line, his balance, his sense of a free spirit at play within a carefully set structure. more...
  • The Breaking Point

    An unsuccessful fishing boat captain falls under the influence of a crooked lawyer in this 1950 adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not, directed by Michael Curtiz. more...
  • Caught

    European exile Max Ophuls looks at American materialism in this 1949 story of a woman's involvement with a Howard Hughes-ish millionaire, and finds it just as stifling as the old-world variety. more...
  • The Chase

    Not the Arthur Penn excess from the 60s, but a rarely screened 1946 adaptation of a Cornell Woolrich novel about an ex-GI trying to spirit the wife of a mobster away from dark, malarial Miami. more...
  • Classe Tous Risques

    Released in 1960, as the French New Wave was getting started, this terse and fatalistic (if conventional) noir about a gangster on the run from Milan to Nice to Paris was hastily swept aside, though Jean-Pierre Melville defended it passionately and wound up appropriating its star (Lino Ventura), actor Jean-Paul Belmondo (costarring here immediately after Breathless), source novelist (Jose Giovanni), and some of its male-bonding manner in various projects. more...
  • Conflict

    A 1945 programmer starring Humphrey Bogart as a wealthy executive in love with his passionless wife's younger sister. more...
  • Criss Cross

    Robert Siodmak was one of the most influential stylists of the 40s, helping to create, in films such as Phantom Lady and The Killers, the characteristic look of American film noir. more...
  • D.O.A.

    A clever but not particularly memorable film noir (1949), directed by the great cinematographer Rudolph Mate (who photographed Dreyer's Vampyr and McCarey's Love Affair, among many other important films). more...
  • Dark Passage

    An odd, atmospheric 1947 thriller with a San Francisco setting, adapted by writer-director Delmer Daves from a David Goodis novel and starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. more...