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As the days get shorter and the evenings grow darker, we think it's the perfect time for a special Noirvember edition of Filmhouse Recommends. Our Programme Officer Raymah helps us turn the clock back with her selection of moody, melodramatic and mysterious masterpieces. Wrap up in your trench coat, dust off your fedora and join us for this classic period of dark film. 


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He Walked By Night (1948) // Alfred L Werker, Anthony Mann

"This 1948 police procedural follows two L.A. police officers as they chase down a master-thief and killer. It was shot in the style of a documentary, blending real-life inspiration into its narrative. 

The film went on to serve as the basis for the sub-genre going forward; most notably Jack Webb’s Dragnet. The final sequence where a chase through the sewers ensues is the film’s standout moment - but those who love police procedures will be enamoured with the photo composite scene."

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The Big Combo (1955) // Joseph H Lewis

"Lt Leonard Diamond (Cornel Wilde) is on a mission to bring down sadistic gangster, Mr Brown (Richard Conte). Diamond pins his hopes onto getting evidence from Brown’s girlfriend, as he falls in love with her whilst her own mental health begins to unravel.

The Big Combo is standout for many reasons. The character’s motivations were daring and their desires were considered taboo for cinema to portray at the time but it will be the interrogation scene that will stay with you most of all."


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D.O.A (1950) // Rudolph Maté
 
“Has a film ever had a more succinct title? The film starts with a wandering long shot – we are following accountant Frank Bigelow (Edmond O’Brien) who stumbles in to a police station to report a murder… his own. 

Where the film shines is in its fantastic location settings. A foggy San Francisco is brought to life with the hustle and bustle of its music scene. Moving to L.A, the Bradbury Building (perhaps more known for appearing in Blade Runner) is the grand setting for the film’s taut climax.
(We shall ignore the wolf whistling that is prevalent in the film.)"


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Detour (1945) // Edgar G. Ulmer

"Down-on-his-luck pianist Al Roberts (Tom Neal) hitchhikes his way to California. When his lift suddenly dies from a heart attack, Al decides the most logical thing to do is of course… identity theft. Continuing on his way, Al picks up a hitchhiker himself, Vera (Ann Savage), who as luck would have it, knows Al is not the owner of the car... and she does not plan on making things easy for him.



Savage’s performance is so memorable and on-point, it is reason alone to watch this film - I can still see her face smirk and snarl in my mind."


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Philip Marlowe Series by Raymond Chandler

"From Vera Caspary’s Laura, James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity and Dorothy B. Hughes’s In A Lonely Place - it is clear to see that the world of noir literature is full of spoils that have also left their mark on screen.

I would suggest no finer place to start your noir-reading journey that with that of Chandler’s Philip Marlow. Chandler brings characters to life with longing looks and amusing similes (which you may try to shoehorn into your own vernacular) like no other, and of course, at the centre of it all is a head-scratching mystery where our protagonist stumbles into danger and is repeatedly thrown off the trail until it all clicks into place. The Big Sleep perfectly introduces Marlow as a tough P.I type (but he is really a softie) but for me, its The Long Goodbye which is my favourite of his stories.”
Playlist: Film Noir | Jazz Noir

Have you ever had this mood when you feel like a lonely detective walking through dark streets in an old film noir? Here are some melancholic and relaxing tunes to go with your blue states.

Curated by The Playlist Factory.


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Catalan Film Festival

Let the Mediterranean vibes in! Scotland's Catalan Film Festival returns with an exciting showcase of feature, short and archive films made in Catalonia. The programme features films which have seen success at prestigious world festivals including Cannes, Berlinale, IFFR Rotterdam, New York Film Festival, Viennale and the Centre Pompidou’s Cinémas du Réel Festival.

Online from 19 Nov - 6 Dec!

As a Filmhouse customer, you are entitled to 15% off one title from Curzon Home Cinema's (NOT) 'In Cinemas Now' section this month! The selection includes Asia, Mogul Mowgli and more! 

To redeem the offer use code 'LOCKDOWN2' at checkout! Only valid on films within this selection and these titles will be updated on a weekly basis.  You must sign up for a Curzon account prior to using the code to receive the discount. Valid once per customer, ends 02/12/2020.

Enjoy landmark classic and cult films with one month FREE on BFI Player! To access your special offer please visit here, create your account or sign in, choose your subscription type and add in the code INDIE2020.

Please note this voucher code only applies to Subscription films and not Rentals.You will be prompted enter your payment card details: if you cancel before the end of the trial, you won't be charged – if you decide to stay on, you'll start a standard paid subscription with BFI Player (£4.99 per month). This offer is not compatible with the BFI Player Channel on Amazon Prime and the Apple TV app.

Filmhouse has partnered up with MUBI to offer our customers three months of films entirely FREE! With a selection ranging from cult classics to award-winning masterpieces, and a new film added every day, there's something for everyone to enjoy - with even more cinema to enjoy through their new LIBRARY.

The button on the sign-up page will prompt you to enter your credit card details: if you cancel before the end of the trial, you won't be charged – if you decide to stay on, you'll start a standard paid subscription with MUBI.

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