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Out of the Past

Director:  Jacques Tourneur
Year Released:  1947
Rating:  3.0

Interesting film-noir from Tourneur, which has a great cast (Robert Mitchum faces off against Kirk Douglas, both delightfully seedy characters) and impeccable ambience; it's the movie you need to watch in a theatre or in a darkened bedroom or basement with a hot cup of coffee, tea or chai. It plays out like a Chandler or Hammett novel, with inspired dialogue and morose voice-over narration, and other than some occasional slow stretches, it's a good piece of work.

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