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September 15, 2019


Great choices. To Have and Have Not is one of my favorites and not only sexy but in a sustained way, with Bacall's every glance and gesture drips sexuality. The phallic imagery re Gun Crazy is so true now that David mentions it...I'll have to revisit. I think Lana Turner's first appearance in Postman ranks up there with Stanwyck's. It's all those first appearances in great noirs - mutual casing up and down and edits between reactions...if you as the viewer aren't replicating one or the other character's facial reaction yourself while watching then there's not much hope for you. Maybe both characters are equally alluring!

I think perhaps Laura has, for me, revealed itself over time to be one of the oddly un-sexiest of noirs notwithstanding the central character's exquisite beauty and the general cinematic atmosphere. Tierney has moments in her career (mostly I think in Leave Her to Heaven), but despite her magnetism attracting the three male leads (Lydecker's being very distinct from Carpenter and McPherson) she comes off cold to me. The film has many other elements (music of course) and should be sexier than it is when put together. It seems to be one of those classics that has more in the way of reputation for sexiness than delivery. Anyway I like your selections and again agree strongly about Slim.

Jeffrey, thank you for this latest of your well-considered comments and observations. Interesting -- your take on "Laura." Many like that movie, but... I've never figured out why. I can't abide it, at least I can't abide the part I've seen. I've started watching it twice and stopped twice. To me, it doesn't feel like noir just a slow-moving, painfully dated movie. It doesn't unfold on the city streets, right? I'm watching it thinking 'why am I trapped in this freaking well-appointed mansion, with these boring people!?' And I do Not like Dana Andrews. That Guy Can't Act.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
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