By Roger Ebert
Occasionally there's simply not anything extra soaking up than observing a film that really seems at existence at the darkish aspect, revealing these darkish components of human nature that we discover so facinating. In Roger Ebert's selections of 27 video clips from the darkish Side, he deals a assorted choice from a glance on the seamy aspect of existence in L.A. in Chinatown to a backwoods homicide long past unsuitable in Blood Simple. Throw in classics from Alfred Hitchcock, Notorious and Strangers on a Train, and French excursions de strength, Bob le Flambeur and Touchez Pas au Grisbi and you've received the primer on movie noir.
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