Monday, March 14, 2011

251) Man in the Dark (1953)

251) Man in the Dark (1953) Dir: Lew Landers Date Released: April 1953 Date Seen: August 13, 2010 Rating: 3.25/5

Landers's film is a quirky noir that, without the aid of 3D, would be lurid enough. Its fixation with the automaton clown at the carnival, the roller coaster (oh boy, that roller coaster) and the carousel are fittingly surreal and provide a nice edge to the otherwise boilerplate amnesiac protagonist plot device. But in 3D, those scenes have got a little more kick to them in terms of their visual's sheer brute force. Edmond O'Brien was good, I seem to recall. Really regret that I was so caught up in work at the time that I didn't make more time to see other 3D titles at Film Forum's 3D retro; would have loved to have seen the Phantom of the Rue Morgue.

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