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Re: NoirWorthWatching: 'Room at the Bottom: Laurence Harvey and Film Noir'
I plead partially guilty, and just for the record, the best Brit noirs - Odd Man Out, Brighton Rock, They Made Me A Fugitive, It Always Rains on Sunday, Wicked As They Come, etc., can stand up to the best noirs from any country. My problem (issue, perhaps?) is with the plethora of UK "noirs" from the 1950s (I'm talking about you Merton Park Studio) that are unimaginatively photographed in a high key TV series type fashion, where much of the "action" is at eye level, while people spend what seems an inordinate amount of time walking in and out of rooms, full of palaver signifying very little. Proper British decorum often makes the life bleed out of them, whereas that is not generally the case with their American, French and Italian brethren. This is why the "kitchen sink" films starting in the late 50s and early 60s are so refreshing. Even the Brits got to the point where cultural strangulation caused the "wraps" to come off.