[watching] Tell me what Noir classics you recommend?

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I'm trying to get my head into the right space to flesh out my Cthulhu City game for Furnace. Tell me what Noir classics you recommend, and why?
 
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The Big Heat - because Lee Marvin throwing hot coffee still packs a punch. Horror isn't necessarily anything to do with squid faced monstrosities, sometimes it's about what people do to each other.

Double Indemnity - Barbara Stanwyck. That's why.

The Maltese Falcon - "You'll take what's coming to you and like it." Forget Marlowe, Bogart as Sam Spade is the hard as nails, smart arsed 'tec every Cthulhu private investigator should aspire to be.
 
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Rather more modern, but still relevant:

LA Confidential Which is, of course, based on The Black Dahlia. Stylish, and covers the corruption in many police departments.

Seven A descent into darkness.

Silence of the Lambs Basically ratchetting up the tension.

True Detective The mash-up of CoC and noir.
 

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Rather more modern, but still relevant:

LA Confidential Which is, of course, based on The Black Dahlia. Stylish, and covers the corruption in many police departments.
If I might take issue with that, The Black Dahlia is based on separate novel by James Ellroy about the real life murder of aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, the first of his LA quartet and filmed by Brian De Palma with, by all accounts, rather mixed results. LA Confidential is a the third novel in the quartet and is mostly fictional, based on the vicious rivalry between assorted criminal factions to manufacture and distribute a super pure form of heroin. All of the quartet are worth reading if you're looking for inspiration for an ultra-noir campaign although I think the law of diminishing returns had started by the time of the last novel White Jazz. Pretty much a rehash of what had gone before and the beginning of Ellroy's descent into self-parody.

Brown's Requiem based on his first novel, and starring Michael Rooker is a fairly decent attempt at a modern noir movie.
 
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Chinatown - Directed by Roman Polanski staring Jack Nicholson, which although described by Wikipedia as an American neoNoir, ticks all the boxes with me.

Angel Heart- Dir Alan Parker, Staring Micky Rourke, Robert De Niro, Lisa Bonnet. Another neo-Noir which also crosses over with horror.
 

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There's also Cast a Deadly Spell with Fred Ward as a Marlowe-esque private eye named HP Lovecraft (groan) going up against David Warner's mythos sorceror in an alternative history Los Angeles where magic is common place. It's a bit too knowing and in-jokey to be a real noir, and rather lacking in existential bleakness, but is enjoyable enough on its own terms. Not seen the sequel with Dennis Hopper replacing Ward. Might be all right.
 

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Thought of another one, Night and the City which is notable for showing the streets of post war London as being every bit as mean as those of New York or LA. In a similar vein I'm also tempted to mention Hell is a City and Payroll but these are perhaps closer to straight crime stories than film noir. Certainly elements of noir in both though, Payroll in particular has a rather doom laden atmosphere about it.
 
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