Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Black Widow

I’m going to be honest. I’d never even heard of this movie before I bought the Fox Studio Classics Noir set. But I enjoyed it. Black Widow is about a murder. The murder of an upstart writer who seems to go after men, and no one knows who killed her, or why, or even clearly who she really is.

In my personal opinion, I think this film isn’t the most thrilling film noir I’ve ever seen, mainly because it was towards the end of the period, it was in Technicolor and it was a tad disjointed. While Black Widow had a definite point and edge to it, it lacked the willingness to truly go gritty – something the best noirs do. It’s something I can definitely learn from as I work on my own noir.

Director: Nunnally Johnson

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