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American Stories #1: The Postman Always Rings Twice

Note: As we enter what Joe Scarborough justifiably expects to be “the most consequential political year of our lives,” I’m looking back at ten works of art—books, film, television, and music—that deserve to be reexamined in light of where America stands today. 642 more words


Man Under Sentence of Death: The Novels of James M. Cain

by Joyce Carol Oates

Originally published in Tough Guy Writers of the Thirties, edited by David Madden. Carbondale, Southern Illinois University Press: 1968.

A world immense with freedom, women hellish and infantile by turns, money, power, the tantalizing promise of adventure—these are the common elements of James M. 6,830 more words

Joyce Carol Oates

...and Other Times in English

We’d already done a review of one film adaptation of James Cain’s seminal novel, The Postman Always Rings Twice, but that one had been in Italian… 401 more words

Angel Face

The Noir Odyssey

Writer: Frank Nugent and Oscar Millard

Story: Chester Erskine

Director: Otto Preminger

Cinematographer: Harry Stradling

Music: Dimitri Tiomkin

Cast: Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Herbert Marshall, Barbara O’Neil, Leon Ames… 1,070 more words

Film Noir

Today I Watched: The Postman Always Rings Twice (Tay Garnett, 1946)

The Postman Always Rings Twice (dir. Tay Garnett, 1946)

Score: 6− to 6 out of 10.

Today I Watched

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)

A Passionate Pair Have A Murderous Affair…

A drifter takes a job at a roadside cafe as a mechanic. He starts an affair with the owner’s unhappy young wife with deadly consequences.  1,526 more words

Film Review

Meditations on Noir

We use the French term noir because it was the French who first recognized the deeper social and philosophical work being performed in what were essentially considered commercial, or even “pulp,” crime novels. 656 more words

Cultural Criticism