This is a film noir, but it starts off as like a 50s Tennessee Williams movie. But then you get all of the genre trappings: Flash-backs, gangsters, dames, beaches, repartee.
I’ve never realised how similar Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas are. They’re basically the same person. Mitchum is a bit more muscular, but otherwise they’re confusingly similar. I wonder whether that was the effect they were going for, or whether it’s the usual result of the casting director having a “type”.
Out of the Past is considered one of the greatest of all films noir. Robert Ottoson hailed the film as “the ne plus ultra of forties film noir”.
I don’t quite get it. Nothing really sizzles here. I find myself being almost completely disinterested in Mitchum and his mysterious past. The cinematography isn’t particularly striking, and the dames aren’t compelling.
But I concede that I might be totally wrong about this one. It just didn’t hold my attention, so perhaps it’s really a masterpiece and I just kinda zoned out on the good bits? It’s possible.
Out of the Past. Jacques Tourneur. 1947.
Popular movies in November 1947 according to IMDB:
|24312||8.1||Out of the Past|
|889||7.4||It Always Rains on Sunday|
|618||7.0||The Lost Moment|
|236||6.9||Mine Own Executioner|
|251||6.8||Where There’s Life|
|407||6.5||An Ideal Husband|
This blog post is part of the Decade series.