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Year
1948
Runtime
79 min.
Director
Abraham Polonsky
Genres
Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Rating *
7.4
Votes *
2,827
Checks
1,610
Favs
80
Dislikes
10
Favs/checks
5.0% (1:20)
Favs/dislikes
8:1
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  1. iCheckFilms's avatar

    iCheckFilms

    Wow! That was an awesome noir. It's a shame Polonsky was barred for 20 odd years from making movies post this. The loss is not just Polonsky's, but whole of Hollywood's! It was a death-knell to what could have been a remarkable career. *sigh* 6 years 10 months ago
  2. monty's avatar

    monty

    Jonathan Rosenbaum on the film:

    If we consider how the Hollywood Blacklist cheated us out of great films and brilliant careers that might otherwise have existed, it’s hard to think of a worse casualty than writer-director Abraham Polonsky (1910-1999).
    “Might talkies be like the opera?” Polonsky once asked. “The main thing is the music but O the joy when the singers act and the songs are poetry....I assumed for Force of Evil that the three elements, visual image, actor, word, are equals....All I tried to do was use the succession of visual images, the appearance of human personality in the actors, and the rhythm of words in unison or counterpoint.”
    The results, played out in the anguished love between a crooked New York lawyer (Garfield) and his honest brother (Thomas Gomez), is a tragedy of uncommon force. And then Polonsky couldn’t direct another feature for 21 years.
    8 years ago
  3. Panunzio's avatar

    Panunzio

    quote:
    What do you mean, gangsters?! It's business!
    6 months 3 weeks ago
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