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Double Indemnity (1944) Film Review A+

“Double Indemnity” is the best of the three great film noirs of 1944, the others being “Laura” and “The Woman in the Window”. The three leads are superb as is Wilder’s direction.

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Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Film Review A+

Alfred Hitchcock, the cinema’s greatest director, made seven perfect films in which every shot, every camera move, every editing sequence is, well, perfect.

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Nicholas Musuraca: Master of Chiaroscuro

Nicholas Musuraca was a master of chiaroscuro. “The Spiral Staircase” was influenced the German Expressionist Cinema of the early 1920s. He photographed William Holden in Rouben Mamoulian’s adaptation of Clifford Odets “Golden Boy” with Barbara Stanwyck and Adolphe Menjou (above). It was Holden’s first starring role.

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