The Big Knife (1955)
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I didn't expect to like this 'tortured soul' story as much as I did. Sure the acting was a little bit over the top at times - yeah, you, Hoff! - and the writer surely was a Shakespeare fanboy, but I felt moved all the same. Two hours of shouting, drinking and mouthing off in a single living room and it never got boring.
This is a B movie and once you start to think it that way it's actually pretty good. There's an excellent cast (although I don't care much for Jack Palance), there's great score, overacting and even the camera and operator's shadow on the wall at 47:01.
Overwrought, overacted lukewarm denunciation of Hollywood depravity. Adapted from a play, and like most such films, has a very stagebound feel. Ultimately, it's not really film noir, nor is it an exposé, nor is it all that good.
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This movie ranks #31 in François Truffaut's The Films of My Life
This movie ranks #170 in TSPDT 1000 Noir Films
This movie ranks #544 in Cahiers du cinéma - Yearly top 10s