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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

Niagara

Directed by Henry Hathaway

Marilyn Monroe and Joseph Cotten star as a troubled husband and wife couple on an ill-fated vacation in this tense

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

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,

Possessed

Directed by Curtis Bernhardt

Joan Crawford was nominated for an Academy Award—only the second of her long and distinguished career—for her role as Louise

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)

Sudden Fear

Directed by David Miller

Joan Crawford stars alongside noir mainstays Gloria Grahame and Jack Palance (both excellent) in this suspenseful, doomed love triangle directed

Sunset Boulevard

Directed by Billy Wilder

Down-on-his-luck screenwriter Joe Gillis (William Holden) seeks refuge at the home of former silent film star Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson,

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 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 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

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.