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Subgenre Sampler

Trouble in MindTrouble in Mind (1985)
Dir. Alan Rudolph
Feat. Kris Kristofferson, Keith Caradine, Lori Singer
Fans of the obscure should enjoy this rollicking film noir. Set in the near future, an ex–convict returns to his favourite cafe to rekindle a…
Finally SundayFinally Sunday (Vivement Dimanche!) (1983)
Dir. Francois Truffaut
Feat. Fanny Ardant, Jean-Louis Trintignant
A businessman in trouble with the police over the murder of his wife's lover finds solace in his secretary who decides to investigate the case…
Dead Men Don't Wear PlaidDead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982) Aro Favourite
Dir. Carl Reiner
Feat. Steve Martin
Martin's most clever vehicle has him interacting with vintage film footage of Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney and Lauren Bacall, to dazzling effect. A…
True ConfessionsTrue Confessions (1981)
Dir. Ulu Grosbard
Feat. Robert De Niro, Robert Duvall
Roberts' De Niro and Duvall act their socks off as cop and priest who happen to be brothers. Conflicting loyalties come to a head through a…
American GigoloAmerican Gigolo (1980)
Dir. Paul Schrader
Feat. Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Hector Elizondo
Low–key but effective drama. Richard Gere is suspected in a Hollywood murder.
Le SamouraiLe Samourai (The Samurai) (1967) Aro Favourite
Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville
Feat. Alain Delon
Alain Delon plays an ultra–cool assassin whose flawless disposition is impenetrable to the Gendarmerie but not to a sexy key witness. Steely…
AlphavilleAlphaville (1965)
Dir. Jean-Luc Godard
Feat. Eddie Constantine, Anna Karina, Akim Tamiroff
A private eye is sent to a futuristic city run by a computer to rescue a trapped scientist. Amalgam of film noir and science fiction illustrates the…
Doulos, LeDoulos, Le (The Finger Man) (1963) Recommended
Dir. Jean-Pierre Melville
Feat. Jean-Paul Belmondo, Serge Reggiani
Eschewing the French New Wave movement in favour of homage to the then ‘passe’ genre of film noir, dir. Jean–Pierre Melville adds shades of…
High and LowHigh and Low (1963) Aro Favourite
Dir. Akira Kurosawa
Feat. Toshiro Mifune
Adapted from a crime–novel by Ed McBain, this kidnapping–thriller is a central work in dir. Kurosawa’s series of film noirs, combining…
Cape FearCape Fear (1962) Recommended
Dir. J. Lee-Thompson
Feat. Robert Mitchum, Gregory Peck
The original chiller that inspired the recent remake, complete with Bernard Herrmann's bombastic score. Robert Mitchum plays the ex–con…

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