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December 02, 2020

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Great lists of rogues and villains, David -- and such lists always remind me of movies I've missed or haven't seen for a while. Funny, I've only seen "Gaslight" once, and to see a movie just once is almost the same as never having seen it at all. But that one's the kind of movie that troubles me, not in a fun way -- the psychological torment unnerves me more than physical violence on the screen.
But, yeah, in answer to your question, Touch of Evil, Captain Hank Quinlan, an unforgettable creation on the part of Orson Welles, visually and in every sense. The way he looks and the way those "dutch angles" capture him. All of it. A Great villain, figuratively and, er, literally.
The forthcoming They Write by Night will focus on The Sweet Smell of Success, which is and isn't a noir. Looks exactly like one -- I talk about that. Hard to tell who's the worst, who's the real villain there, J.J. Hunsecker or Sydney Falco. Both I guess. And the whole rotten business.

Thank you, Suzanne, for this wonderful comment. I love "The Sweet Smell of Success" and for some reason I cannot say I dislike the Burt Lancaster or Tony Curtis characters. The acting is great and the scenes at 21 are unforgettable.

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