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Empire State Building Murders (2008)

Meurtres à l'Empire State Building (original title)
A tribute and doc-crime-drama celebrating American film noir and the icons of the Hollywood golden age. It recaptures the time and place of New York in the 30's and 40s as well as plays with the codes and references of the genre.

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A tribute and doc-crime-drama celebrating American film noir and the icons of the Hollywood golden age. It recaptures the time and place of New York in the 30's and 40s as well as plays with the codes and references of the genre.

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14 August 2008 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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A wonderful mockumentary/pastiche/homage to the film noir of Hollywood's Golden Age
16 October 2012 | by (Copenhagen, Denmark) – See all my reviews

I'm still not entirely sure why this film made such an impression on me. Perhaps I'm just a bit of a sucker for film noir...

Karel's mash-up mockumentary of clips from a host of classical Hollywood films and "interviews" with actors (in character) is used to tell a very noir'ish story of forbidden love, gangsters, undercover cops and lots and lots of murders.

It's not a hugely surprising plot, almost cliché, but there's something about the blending of old clips and "interviews" that just plain works.

I also think the decision to keep it to a fairly brief 88 minutes (well, the version I saw was actually 82 minutes, incl. credits) was the right one. Any longer and the clichés would probably have gotten too thick.


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