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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Film Noir Christmas

This is the time of the year that I'm furiously consulting all the TV channel schedules for what holiday specials, episodes and movies will be broadcast this season. Good stuff is airing even before Thanksgiving.

SET YOUR DVRs: Tuesday, Nov. 24th at 6:30 am (EST) Turner Classic Movie channel will air The Lady in the Lake.

See pgs. 111-112 for my discussion of this most unusual film noir and Christmas movie. I LOVE that the dark story unfolds over Christmas, holding up the cheery, optimistic spirit of the season to contrast with its hardboiled Marlowe character. But the interactive, first-person perspective can overshadow the ironic attitude of the film for many viewers. Watch it and tell me what you think of it.

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