Monday, March 19, 2007

They Live by Night (1948)


Nicholas Ray embraced his fetish for fatalism from his first film and it takes over hardcore in this romance between a teen escaped convict and an outcast country girl. It's life's fault that Farley Granger is drawn time and time again to kill and rob banks and it's life's fault that hardened-beyond-her-years Cathy O'Connell can't help but follow him where he goes. Ray romanticises his doomed young lovers to no end, and even though you may be able to see through it, his passion for them is infectious.
The movie is an adaptation of a novel called "Thieves Like Us" which was filmed again and very evocatively by Robert Altman in 1974.

dir: Nicholas Ray
ph: George E. Diskant
cast: Farley Granger, Cathy O'Donnell, Howard da Silva, Jay C. Flippen, Helen Craig, Will Wright, Marie Bryant, Ian Wolfe


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