Barbra Brady

German Expressionist Noir and Oh those eyebrows

In This Evening's Movie on February 9, 2009 at 7:05 pm

Joan Crawford. Jack gaunter-than-gaunt Palance. 

Sudden Fear

Billed as blacker than noir, with many a melodramatic narrative whipping around corners (and hallucinated cliffs), this 1952 offering is in fact rife with German Expressionist cinematography. 

Fun twinning, that. I think Fritz Lang (and Hitch) were whispering in director David Miller’s theatrical ear.

Geographical Goof that imdb doesn’t list–

As the (very loud locomotive!) trains nears, and then pulls out of Chicago, we see…hills outside the windows….

which is not nearly as over the cliff as La Crawford’s (and Mr. Palance for that matter) performance.

This one was psssting to Psycho.

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