On the marquee

I'm a little late to the game—by about 60 years—but I saw Laura at the Film Forum last night. I have to admit, even though I've always been annoyed when baby boomers ask me if I've seen this movie, simply because I share its titular name, it was amusing to hear the word uttered so often outside the screening room ("Two for Laura." "This line is for Laura." "Who's here for Laura?").

Easy tickles aside, the film itself was an utter thrill, a visual page-turner that made me long for an era that existed well before my time. Days when gents wore suits to lunch and carried cigarette cases, and directors had names like Otto Preminger. It was classic film noir, with its twisting intrigue, sharp dialogue, rain-soaked trench coats, and a stunning dame (played by Gene Tierney) at the center of it all.

Without a doubt, it's one of the best flicks I've seen in a while. What are some other favorite film noirs?

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