An honest and naive schoolteacher gets a lesson in how the world works outside the classroom, when a rich Baron and his mistress use the teacher's name and outstanding reputation in a ... See full summary »
While waiting on a delayed flight, David Trask, who has left his unfaithful wife, meets three of his fellow passengers. When the aircraft crashes, he is one of few survivors, and sets out to resolve their unfinished business.
A group of German infantrymen of the First World War live out their lives in the trenches of France. They find brief entertainment and relief in a village behind the lines, but primarily ... See full summary »
Georg Wilhelm Pabst
Crack and utterly cynical defense lawyer Claude Rains says "My legal side is entirely without passion," but what of his non-legal side? That's entirely another matter, as he explains his involvement with women to his secretary, Esther Dale. Rains is attempting to leave his current lover, Margo, for another, Whitney Bourne. It's Rains's non-legal passions that trip him up in "Crime Without Passion" (1934).
By the somewhat arbitrary fashions of current noir classification, this picture is too early to be called a film noir, and so it's called proto-noir. Whatever it's called, it's a must see film for noir fans. Beyond a noir story and central character, it has some marvelous photographic effects throughout as well as noir shadings.
Something like 25 years ago, I placed the film into collecting circulation by trading a copy taped from television to San Francisco's "Dark Marc", one who appreciated low rent, foreign and pre-classic noirs, in short, noirs of any description. Now better commercial DVD copies from other sources are available.
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