Out of the Past

The greatest cigarette-smoking movie of all time.

That’s how Roger Ebert described this flick, which remains a near-perfect example of everything great film noir has to offer the world.

Puffing away like madmen, letting the smoke curl and dart across pristine black and white backgrounds, Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas stare each other down.

But, while the men get all macho, Jane Greer, maybe the most-dangerous one in the bunch, is content to saunter by, evil thoughts in her head and a pistol twitching in her fingers.

No one gets out unscarred in film noir land, baby. No one.

 

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