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Magical Girl

Directed by Carlos Vermut

In this dark and offbeat social satire, Alicia, a 12-year-old dying girl, asks her father Luis to buy her a

Double Indemnity

Directed by Billy Wilder

Wilder’s prototypical film noir, featuring the archetypal femme fatale in Barbara Stanwyck’s chilling Phyllis Dietrichson, is one of the most

Phantom Lady

Directed by Robert Siodmak

An underappreciated film noir masterpiece, Phantom Lady is one of German emigré Robert Siodmak’s finest in a procession of films,

Le Corbeau

Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot

Clouzot’s controversial, claustrophobic film noir, set in a small countryside hamlet referred to as “anywhere,” follows the small-town doctor Germain

Quai des Orfèvres

Directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot

Often overshadowed by the earlier controversy of Le Corbeau (1943) and the later unimpeachable masterpieces The Wages of Fear (1953)

Detour

Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer

From the gutters of Poverty Row came a movie that, perhaps more than any other, epitomizes the dark fatalism at

Not Wanted

Directed by Ida Lupino, Elmer Clifton

This atmospheric noir focuses on a bored young waitress (Sally Forrest) who follows a suave musician (Leo Penn) on the

Brighton Rock

Directed by John Boulting

Adapted from the novel by Graham Greene, John Boulting's noir tale of a violent mobster who murders a reporter—and then

The Hitch-Hiker

Directed by Ida Lupino

One of Lupino’s fiercest, most to-the-point films is The Hitch-Hiker, a slim tale of a fishing trip gone horribly awry.

The Bigamist

Directed by Ida Lupino

A mid-American-Dream film about secret polygamy, The Bigamist is one of the classic noir cycle’s most overtly homebound films. Harry

The Night of the Hunter

Directed by Charles Laughton

Charles Laughton, who made his name as a wide-ranging character actor in Hollywood (famed for his roles in such films at

Brute Force

Directed by Jules Dassin

“Soon-to-be-blacklisted director Jules Dassin’s excoriating and angry prison drama uses the ‘big cage’ as a metaphor for the lost innocence