As regular Pulp Curry readers will be aware, one of my great cinema loves in film noir. Everyone can name their favourite films noirs, usually the big name, famous ones, like Double Indemnity (1944), the 1946 version of The Killers or Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil (1958). But one of the things I love about the canon of cinema known as film noir is how broad and deep it is. So many fantastic films noirs were made that are relatively unknown to many people.
For a while now, I’ve been thinking it would be great to do a series of posts on the best unknown noirs and what they tell us about what film noir. I was going to do this for Pulp Curry, but a meeting during the recent Melbourne International Film Festival with Conor Bateman, who runs the great Sydney-based film site, 4:3, made me think they might be a better location for the posts.
So over the next few months, I’m am going to be doing a series of columns on 4:3, each one focusing on a different film noir that I think is particularly good and unknown, and posting links to them on this site.
The criteria are simple. That the film be little known, good, American and released during 1945 – 1960. You may disagree about whether or not my choices fit into the definition of a little known film noir. Fair enough, but remember, if you are one of my regular readers, you are also likely to know more about noir than the average film viewer. A lot more.
Anyway, here’s the first in the series of columns, which the folks at 4:3 have called ‘The Big Nowhere’. It’s on Lewis Milestone’s wonderful but little known 1946 ‘bad town’ film noir, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers. Enjoy.