Darkness To Light...

Where Film Noir Lives...Too!

The Great Western Count-Down-Over at Sam Juliano and Allan Fish's "Wonders in the Dark..." Begins Today !

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.

By Zach A...Over There On Mubi... @

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.

The three films are Blood on the Moon (1948), Devil’s Doorway (1950), and The Furies (1950).

They are very dark in tone, narrative content, and especially in their visual style (some of the darkest landscape shots I’ve ever seen).

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

 

View movie details on IMDB

View movie details on AllRovi

[Acknowledgement:

Courtesy Of Zach A...and is being used without his permission...Therefore, Zach A...If you would like for me to remove your discussion please follow this link FILMNOIRE...TERMS Of USE... and read the bottom Of the page and contact me immediately. Thanks,]

Views: 4229

Tags: allan, bloggers, countdown, d'ambra, dark, fans, fish, friends, guest, in, More…juliano, october, sam, the, tony, tributes, western, wonders, writers

Comment

You need to be a member of Darkness To Light... to add comments!

Join Darkness To Light...

Comment by Darkness To Light... on November 14, 2013 at 12:30am

[Note: Due To Personal Reasons.. The Memorabilia Is Temporary on hold...Now, with that being said, I hope to post all the Memorabilia  by the time the Count-down ends...Thanks, ]

Comment by Darkness To Light... on October 30, 2013 at 5:01am

Hi ! Sam Juliano...

Thanks, for stopping by, and leaving your comment and compliment...too !

Unfortunately, I have not watched this film or any spaghetti westerns. Therefore, I may take a peek at this film... too !

Comment by Sam A. Juliano on October 29, 2013 at 9:26pm

Terrific prints of Corbucci's THE GREAT SILENCE Dee Dee!!! And great that it's linked to you tube for those who haven't seen it to this point!  Certainly one of the greatest of all spaghetti westerns!

Comment by Darkness To Light... on October 29, 2013 at 9:17pm

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (MGM, 1973). Insert (14" X 36"). Western. Starring James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Richard Jaeckel, Katy Jurado, Chill Wills, Jason Robards, Luke Askew, John Beck, Richard Bright, Rita Coolidge, Jack Elam, Paul Fix, L.Q. Jones, Slim Pickens, Charlie Martin Smith, Harry Dean Stanton, Rutanya Alda, Gene Evans, Elisha Cook, Jr., Sam Peckinpah, Barry Sullivan, Dub Taylor. Directed by Sam Peckinpah. An unrestored poster that appears virtually unused. Closer inspection may reveal one or two minor flaws, such as small pinholes, or light edge or fold wear. Grades on all restored items are pre-restoration grades; Please see full-color, enlargeable image for more details. Folded, Very Fine/Near Mint. Sold for: $33.00

View movie details on IMDB
View movie details on AllRovi

Comment by Darkness To Light... on October 29, 2013 at 9:14pm

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (MGM, 1973). One Sheet (27" X 41") Flat Folded. Western.
Starring James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Richard Jaeckel, Katy Jurado, Chill Wills, Jason Robards, Luke Askew, John Beck, Richard Bright, Rita Coolidge, Jack Elam, Paul Fix, L.Q. Jones, Slim Pickens, Charlie Martin Smith, Harry Dean Stanton, Rutanya Alda, Gene Evans, Elisha Cook Jr., Sam Peckinpah, Barry Sullivan, and Dub Taylor. Directed by Sam Peckinpah. An unrestored poster with a clean overall appearance. It may have general signs of use, such as slight edge and fold wear, creases, pinholes, and minor tears. There is a soft vertical crease in the image area. Artwork by Ron Lesser. This poster is flat folded and has no vertical folds. Please see full-color, enlargeable image below for more details. Folded, Very Fine-. Sold for: $70.00

View movie details on IMDB
View movie details on AllRovi

Comment by Darkness To Light... on October 29, 2013 at 4:53pm

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (MGM, 1973). Three Sheet (41" X 81"). Western.
Starring James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Richard Jaeckel, Katy Jurado, Chill Wills, Jason Robards, Luke Askew, John Beck, and Richard Bright. Directed by Sam Peckinpah. An unrestored poster that appears virtually unused. Closer inspection may reveal one or two minor flaws, such as small corner bumps, or light edge or fold wear. Please see full-color, enlargeable image below for more details. The poster is in two panels as originally printed and features Ron Lesser artwork. Folded, Very Fine/Near Mint. Sold for: $79.00

View movie details on IMDB
View movie details on AllRovi

Comment by Darkness To Light... on October 29, 2013 at 4:36pm

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (MGM, 1973). Spanish One Sheet (27.5" X 39"). Western.
Starring James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Richard Jaeckel, Katy Jurado, Chill Wills, Jason Robards, Luke Askew, John Beck, Richard Bright, Rita Coolidge, Jack Elam, Paul Fix, L.Q. Jones, Slim Pickens, Charlie Martin Smith and Harry Dean Stanton. Directed by Sam Peckinpah. An unrestored poster that displays signs of use. May include light edge or fold wear, slight fold separations or very minor paper loss. Please see full-color, enlargeable image below for more details. Folded, Fine/Very Fine. Sold for: $16.00

View movie details on IMDB
View movie details on AllRovi

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (MGM, 1973). Lobby Cards (6) (11" X 14"). Western.
Starring James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Richard Jaeckel, Katy Jurado, Chill Wills, and Jason Robards. Directed by Sam Peckinpah. Unrestored lobby cards with an overall presentable appearance. It may have creases, pinholes, staining, edge wear, paper lift. Please see full-color, enlargeable image below for more details. Fine+. Sold for: $17.00

 

View movie details on IMDB
View movie details on AllRovi

Comment by Darkness To Light... on October 29, 2013 at 3:25pm

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (MGM, 1975). Polish One Sheet (22.5" X 32"). Western.
Starring James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Richard Jaeckel, Katy Jurado, Chill Wills, Jason Robards, Luke Askew, John Beck, Richard Bright, Rita Coolidge, Jack Elam, and Paul Fix. Directed by Sam Peckinpah. An unrestored poster with bright color and a clean overall appearance. It may have general signs of use, such as slight fold wear, or very minor tears. Poster has one horizontal fold, and no vertical folds. Please see full-color, enlargeable image below for more details. Artwork by Mieczyslaw Wasilewski. Folded, Very Fine+. Sold for: $53.00

View movie details on IMDB
View movie details on AllRovi

Comment by Darkness To Light... on October 29, 2013 at 3:23pm

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (MGM, 1973). Belgian Poster (14.5" X 21.5"). Western.
Starring James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson, Bob Dylan, Richard Jaeckel, Katy Jurado, Chill Wills, Jason Robards, Luke Askew, John Beck, Richard Bright, Rita Coolidge, Jack Elam, Paul Fix, L.Q. Jones, Slim Pickens, Charlie Martin Smith, Harry Dean Stanton, Rutanya Alda, Gene Evans, Elisha Cook Jr., Sam Peckinpah, Barry Sullivan, and Dub Taylor. Directed by Sam Peckinpah. An unrestored poster with bright color and a clean overall appearance. It may have general signs of use, such as slight edge wear, or very minor creases. Please see full-color, enlargeable image below for more details. Rolled, Very Fine+. Sold for: $28.00

View movie details on IMDB
View movie details on AllRovi

Comment by Darkness To Light... on October 25, 2013 at 9:41pm

[editor's note: In Order To View The Lobby Cards and Posters Up-close and Personal...Just Tap The Lobby Cards and Posters [On This Page][ and Then The Lobby Cards and Posters Will Appear On A Separate Page Smaller Then "Tap" it again...] In Order To Take a Closer Look...Thanks,]

Members

Photos

Loading…

Latest Activity

Darkness To Light... liked Darkness To Light...'s video
4 hours ago
Darkness To Light... posted videos
4 hours ago
Darkness To Light... liked Darkness To Light...'s video
4 hours ago
Darkness To Light... liked Darkness To Light...'s video
5 hours ago
Darkness To Light... liked Darkness To Light...'s video
5 hours ago
Darkness To Light... liked Darkness To Light...'s video
5 hours ago
Darkness To Light... liked Darkness To Light...'s video
5 hours ago
Darkness To Light... commented on Darkness To Light...'s video
Thumbnail

The Endless Night: A Valentine to Film Noir

"And now, the noirs:THE LETTER (1940, William Wyler. Bette Davis)THE MALTESE FALCON (1941, John…"
5 hours ago
Darkness To Light... liked Darkness To Light...'s video
5 hours ago
Darkness To Light... liked Darkness To Light...'s video
5 hours ago
Darkness To Light... liked Darkness To Light...'s video
6 hours ago
Darkness To Light... liked Darkness To Light...'s video
6 hours ago
Darkness To Light... liked Darkness To Light...'s video
6 hours ago
Darkness To Light... liked Darkness To Light...'s video
6 hours ago
Darkness To Light... liked Darkness To Light...'s video
6 hours ago
Darkness To Light... shared their video on Twitter
11 hours ago
Darkness To Light... liked Darkness To Light...'s video
14 hours ago
Darkness To Light... liked Darkness To Light...'s video
14 hours ago
Darkness To Light... liked Darkness To Light...'s video
14 hours ago
Darkness To Light... liked Darkness To Light...'s video
14 hours ago

Birthdays

There are no birthdays today

© 2014   Created by Darkness To Light....

Report an Issue  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Service