Saturday, January 23, 2016

Blast from the Past(twice over?): Farewell My Lovely

Since Aristotle, it's been a common truism that there are no "original" stories; it's ultimately the given details and style that make a telling special(or not, as the case may be). With this idea in mind,  I've recently given an overview of  the production of several films in the 1970s that consciously (sometimes self-consciously) harkened to popular material from the 40s and 50s. Certain films to spring from the neo-noir craze are regarded as major classics, such as Roman Polanski's Chinatown(1974), but I thought I'd shine the spotlight on a well-made largely forgotten entry. 
The 1944 film noir
The same story, circa 1975