Thursday, March 10, 2005

Detour, Nosferatu and The Fall

Watched Detour the other night, the great low-budget noir masterpiece by Edgar G. Ulmer. One of those that I've seen at least a dozen times. Love the frame above. The haunted eyes of Tom Neal - ( who later on in life killed his second wife). You can almost hear it: "If only I hadn't...." Didn't realize that Ulmer has been an assistant to F. W. Murnau. Of course, it made perfect sense. Nosferatu Noir.

Idiosyncratic connections: would've loved to have seen what Ulmer might have done with Camus' The Fall:

"The truth is that every intelligent man, as you know, dreams of being a gangster and of ruling over society by force alone."

"I know a man who gave twenty years of his life to a scatterbrained woman, sacrificing everything to her, his friendships, his work, the very respectability of his life, and who one evening recognized that he had never loved her. He had been bored, that's all, bored like most people."

"Don't wait for the Last Judgment. It takes place every day."

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