They Live by Night (1948) / Side Street (1949)

US DVD edition


They Live By Night
(1947-1948) Direction: Nicholas Ray

A Crime Noir Love Drama and the Debut film of famous director Nicholas Ray, modern and innovative for it's time with an intro
helicopter-shot scene, with camera-in-the-backseat-of-a-car scenes and surprising out of frame scenes.
Three sentenced to death desperados on the run dumps their stolen car (along with the unlucky owner)in the intro of the film
and they take refuge out in the countryside with some of their White Trash relatives.

The trio are: two middle-aged killers T Dub and Chickamaw and the young Bowie (Farley Granger). Robbery and murder follows
before Bowie escapes along with the old man's daughter Keechie (Cathy O'Donnell) and the young lover couple is chased just
like Bonnie and Clyde were.
It's said that this film and the Cinematographical style of Ray i.a. inspired the directors of the French New Wave.

The film was presented in 4:3 fullscreen original ratio, black & white, english mono audio and as an extra an audio Commentary
track with the great Eddie Muller, the King of the film noir commentaries, along with Farley Granger plus a 6 minutes featurette

Side Street (1949) Direction: Anthony Mann

OK and nicely filmed Noir with some fine New York atmosphere and directed by the genre expert Anthony Mann.
The film starts and ends with a narrator voice.
The poor part-time mailman Joe (Farley Granger) is married to pregnant Ellen (Cathy O'Donnell) and the duo from They Live by
Night (1948) is united again. Joe can't resist the temptation and steals 30 000 USD he found laying around in an empty Lawyer's
Office, and a women is found dead floating in the water. When Joe wants to return the stolen money things really start to go bad.
Jean Hagen can be seen as a bar-singer.

The film was presented in 4:3 fullscreen original ratio, black & white, english mono audio. Extras: an audio commentary with film
historian Richard Schickel, a featurette plus a trailer.
Schickel infamous for murdering the commentary to Film Noir Color melodrama Masterpiece Leave Her to Heaven

 

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