Tag Archives: Film-Noir

Mucky and dark… “Zift” [2008 Bulgaria]

Javor Gardev’s début feature “Zift” is a widescreen homage to the American film noir. It is about a recently released prisoner hounded by his partner in crime from twenty years earlier for the missing portion of the loot.
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Gael García Bernal & Fele Martínez in Almodóvar’s “La Mala Educación” [2004 Spain]

While it is women who tend to be the primary character in Pedro Almodóvar films – his 2004 drama “La Mala Educación” [Eng. Title: Bad Education] is a notable exception. Hardly any woman feature in this film, and even … Continue reading

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Michela Cescon in “Primo Amore” [2004 Italy]

It’s about time I started the filmography here of one of the more talented young directors from Italy today – Matteo Garrone. Of late I’d been spoilt for choice in picking which Italian film to write about – a … Continue reading

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Isabella Ferrari & co in “Arrivederci amore, ciao” [2006 Italy]

Michele Soavi’s excellent crime thriller, “Arrivederci amore, ciao” [Eng. Trans: Farewell my Love, Goodbye] is probably the finest modern Italian noir I might’ve seen. Relentlessly unforgiving, the film takes the viewpoint of what one might consider plain evil – … Continue reading

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Florinda Bolkan in “Indagine su un Cittadino al di sopra di ogni Sospetto” [1970 Italy]

Elio Petri is one of those important auteurs who breathed politics into Italian cinema during its 2nd golden era and one who could broadly be compared in inclination to the likes of Antonioni, Scola, and Pasolini. His was also … Continue reading

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