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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)

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

The Killers

Directed by Robert Siodmak

A critical and commercial smash featuring Lancaster’s screen debut as Swede, a man running from his past who’s too tired

Criss Cross

Directed by Robert Siodmak

Arguably the prototypical Los Angeles noir and featuring extensive location photography in the Bunker Hill neighborhood shortly before it was

Sweet Smell of Success

Directed by Alexander Mackendrick

The New York media ecosystem in the 1950s, seen here through famed cinematographer James Wong Howe’s expressive lens and left-wing

The Chase

Directed by Arthur D. Ripley

Chuck Scott (Robert Cummings) is a down-on-his-luck ex-serviceman in need of a meal in post-war Miami. Stumbling upon a lost

Gun Crazy

Directed by Joseph H. Lewis

Bart Tare loves guns. After an ill-advised attempt to steal one at age fourteen lands him in reform school and