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Out of the Past


Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming View All


Jacques Tourneur (Director), Daniel Mainwaring (Screenplay), James M. Cain (Writer), Frank Fenton (Writer) View All

Release: Nov. 25th, 1947
Runtime: 1 hour, 37 minutes
Jeff Bailey seems to be a mundane gas station owner in remote Bridgeport, CA. He is dating local girl Ann Miller and lives a quiet life. But Jeff has a secret past, and when a mysterious stranger arrives in town, Jeff is forced to return to the dark world he had tried to escape.
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Unlike some noir films that rely on heavy ominous shadows and off kilter compositions, Out of the Past takes a lighter hand to deliver a polished looking film that is felt, but not obvious.
My Film Noir experience is probably very limited, but Out of the Past seems like one of the classics and plays into that extremely well.
My first time watching this film was back in 2015, when I was taking an online course on film noir, and I think it was the most perfect choice to capture what a film noir is.