“I, Anna” Review

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I, Anna (2012)

‘I, Anna’ is a 2012 noir mystery thriller starring Gabriel Byrne and Charlotte Rampling. The film is a directional debut of Barnaby Southcombe (who is known for TV series and who is also Rampling’s son). In ‘I, Anna’ the plot centres around a lonely woman, Anna Welles (Rampling), who becomes the centre of attention for the detective, Bernie Reid (Byrne), investigating the murder of a man in a London apartment. As Bernie becomes infatuated with the mysterious woman and her strange behaviour, he realises that she may have more to do with the murder case than initially meets the eye.

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“Leave Her to Heaven” Review

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Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

In this noir drama a successful fiction writer, Richard Harland (Cornel Wilde), meets a young beautiful socialite, Ellen Berent (Gene Tierney) on a train. After a short introduction, the pair fall in love. However, Ellen’s obsessive streak soon becomes evident when she unceremoniously ditches her politically successful fiancée Russell Quinton (Vincent Price) and makes a proposal of marriage to Richard. After their marriage Ellen’s obsession with Richard mounts to the point where she becomes jealous of her pretty innocent sister Ruth (Jeanne Crain) and even of Richard’s disabled teen brother, Danny. Soon, Ellen finds herself capable of the most malicious and darkest deeds to re-gain the undivided attention of her beloved.

Leave Her to Heaven’, which won an Academy Award for the Best Cinematography of 1945, is based on a best-selling novel of the same name by Ben Ames Williams, and the script is written by Jo Swerling, who also did work for ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ (1946). The narrative of the film flows so naturally it resembles reading a book, and the script is, indeed, meticulously constructed. Shot in bright technicolor, the film is sometimes very romantic; very often dramatic, and yet at other times resembles a thriller, while culminating in a legal action.

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“Miller’s Crossing” Review

Miller’s Crossing (1990)

Loosely based on Dashiell Hamett’s ‘Red Harvest’, ‘Miller’s Crossing’ is an intelligent gangster film shot in the style of a film noir, directed by Joel Coen, and produced by Ethan Coen and Mark Silverman. The film centres on Tom Regan (Gabriel Byrne), who is the “right hand” of Leo O’Bannon (Albert Finney), an Irish-American political boss, running a Prohibition-era city somewhere in the US. Leo has a “beef” with Johnny Casper, a gangster and his Italian rival. Leo’s girlfriend is Verna, whose brother Bernie Bernbaum has a contract on his life and is wanted dead by Casper. The idea here is that by “giving” Bernie to Casper to kill, Leo and Casper can come to a peaceful understanding and agreement. However, Leo is reluctant to do so because of his girlfriend, who wants to see her brother alive. Tom thinks that Leo is making a mistake. However, Tom also has an affair with Verna, seemingly being in love, and therefore is also, at least “deep inside”, is trying to protect her. When Tom starts to “play” both sides, some unexpected events start to take place.

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“Identity” Review

Identity (2003)

As I was walking up the stairs, I met a man who wasn’t there. He wasn’t there again today; I wish, I wish he’d go away.”

Ten strangers: a family of three, a limo driver, a film star, a call girl, a police officer, a convict and a troubled newly-wed couple, get stranded at a remote motel in the Nevada desert on a stormy night. Each of them has a dark secret to hide. When gruesome murders begin to take place at the motel, and the newcomers are killed one by one in a sinister fashion, they soon realise that their encounter is less coincidental than they might have originally assumed. In the background to these events, there is also a post-conviction death penalty meeting taking place, the centre of which is a man called Malcolm Rivers, a mentally-disturbed serial killer. Although at first the movie may appear confusing, all the movie events inevitably lead to a logical, well thought-out and fascinating finale.

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