Where Film Noir Lives...Too!
Howdy, Film Noir Partners...As my friends over there at WONDERSINTHEDARK...begin their Western Count-down I plan to post Western Memorabilia...and after stumbling on this discussion by someone name Zach A, over there on MUBI...I also plan to ponder his questions and look at the 3 films that he categorize as film noir westerns.
According To Zach A...
"I am very intrigued by a trio of extremely dark westerns that came out between 1948 and 1950. They were created by directors and cinematographers that had made fantastic noirs before the release of these films.
These are truly DARK westerns that came well before the so-called recent revisionist westerns and even the great existential westerns of the 1960s and 70s.
Anthony Mann and John Alton had already made some of the most exciting, innovative, visually stylistic noirs the world would ever see, especially in T-Men (1947), Raw Deal (1948), and Border incident (1949).
Robert Wise had directed Born to Kill (1947) and would go on to direct The Set-Up (1949). But his collaboration in 1948 with fellow Val Lewton collaborator Nicholas Musuraca would create one of the darkest, most beautiful westerns I have seen.
Of course much of Musuraca’s best work was with another Lewton colleague Jacques Tourneur. Their early collaborations made some of the most groundbreaking visuals in horror films, especially in Cat People (1942). The darkness of these films surely attributed to the distinct style of their equally dark noirs including the great Out of the Past (1947) which also starred Blood on the Moon’s great Robert Mitchum.
Musuraca’s brilliant work doesn’t end there, as he had already also worked with another of the great noir directors, Robert Siodmak, on visually spectacular The Spiral Staircase (1946).
So I guess I am interested in a couple of things for discussion:
First, are there other examples of the noir style truly infiltrating the western? These are some of my favorite westerns and they were directed and shot by some of my favorite film noir filmmakers. What other examples of similarly dark noir westerns are out there?
Second, these two American genres come together at this period in such a uniquely successful way. Are there other examples of aesthetics and tone from one genre used this successfully to tell a narrative in the world of another genre? I’m not just talking about genre-mashing, which is all too common especially today. I am talking about taking iconic imagery, compositions, lighting, etc. from a genre and successfully applying them to another genre with its own motifs and aesthetic expectations.
I acknowledge I am no expert in these genres and I am grateful for any input and as always if this can be linked to a former topic that I missed, please share the link..."
Blood on the Moon (RKO, 1948). One Sheet (27" X 41"). Jim Garry (Robert Mitchum) wanders into the middle of a range war between his friend Tate Riling (Robert Preston) and John Lufton and his daughter Amy (Tom Tully and Barbara Bel Geddes). At first Garry aligns himself with Riling, but soon comes to realize how evil he really is. Aside from tiny fold separations at the edges and crossfolds, and faint wrinkling, this poster is in stellar condition! Very Fine+. Sold for: $1,075.50
Blood on the Moon (RKO, 1948). British Quad (30" X 40").
Robert Mitchum stars in this film noir Western directed by legendary director Robert Wise. Haunting graphics make this original release British quad a real eye-pleaser. There are chips in the borders, crossfold separations. Professional restoration has been applied to correct these problems. Fine on Linen... Sold for: $286.80