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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.

Director:

William Karel

Writers:

Jerome Charyn (as Jérôme Charyn), William Karel
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ben Gazzara ... Paulie Genovese
Mickey Rooney ... Mickey Silver
Kirk Douglas ... Jim Kovalski
Cyd Charisse ... Vicky Adams
Richard Erdman ... Eddie Walker
Anne Jeffreys ... Betty Clark
Marsha Hunt ... Norah Strinberg
Sara Sumara Sara Sumara ... Penny Baxter (voice)
Patrick Floersheim Patrick Floersheim ... Récitant / Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lauren Bacall ... Penny Baxter (archive footage)
James Cagney ... Tony (archive footage)
Wolfgang Draeger ... Narrator (voice)
Van Heflin ... Bobby (archive footage)
Edward G. Robinson ... Brassi (archive footage)
Lizabeth Scott ... Lisa (archive footage)
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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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Crime

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Country:

France | Finland | Australia | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

14 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Empire State Building Murders See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Arte,BeTV,Canal+ See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A wonderful mockumentary/pastiche/homage to the film noir of Hollywood's Golden Age
16 October 2012 | by Peter PkSee 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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