Friday, May 27, 2011

More Night Love

In a 5.26 post, Jim Emerson talks about the opening shots to Nicholas Ray's They Live By Night ('49), which is not only one of the greatest love-on-the-run movies ever made, but one of the best film noirs I've seen. 
The kind of youthful innocence portrayed by the late Fairley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell is extremely rare for a film over 60 years old - extremely vulnerable, extremely real. This isn't movie love, it is love - one of the reasons why They Live By Night works so damn well. 

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