Tag: film noir

DameStruck: Moonrise (1948)

When discussing mainstream noir directors, we tend to forget about Frank Borzage, who absorbed the style and substance of German Expressionist filmmakers and imported them to the US in his noirs. His 1948 film Moonrise is a unique noir in style and subject, evading a total condemnation of […]

DameStruck: Murder by Contract (1958)

Last week, film lovers had reason to rejoice with the launch of the Criterion Channel, an offshoot of the sadly defunct FilmStruck run by the Criterion Collection. FilmStruck was both a wonderful resource and a source of entertainment, and the hope is that Criterion Channel will carry on […]

DameStruck: House by the River (1950)

Fritz Lang had one of the longest and most unique careers of any German filmmaker to come out of the silents. Unlike some of his fellows, he made the transition from silents to talkies almost seamlessly, mixing the visual aesthetics of silent Expressionism with the possibilities of sound […]