Three instances of passionate kissing between Jeff and Kathie.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


Most crime films are in the positive order, while black films are in the reverse. The ending of black movie protagonists is usually doomed by fate, bad luck or character defects before the story happens. The good guys in crime films are forced into Liangshan, and the protagonists in black films are full of evil from the beginning. But they buried their dark side deeply until the reality made them face it again. The leading actor of “beyond the vortex”, the leader of the black film, tries to break with his weak past and become a new man with his new city, work and lover. Robert Mitchum is the star of this film. His tired eyes, short words and the image of a tough man wrapped in indifference are the best logo of black film. When the story begins, the protagonist has not yet appeared, and the trouble has come uninvited. The man from the protagonist’s past saw that he now opened a gas station. The old story reappeared yesterday. He couldn’t help being dragged into the past.

“Beyond the whirlpool” integrates the triple forces of romance, conspiracy and reality. The first half of the lovers elope, making them intoxicated and impulsive; Although the second half of the murder is simple in structure, it is exciting and exquisitely arranged; The final finale once again brings these dramatic plots back to the most fundamental theme of the characters’ fate and character. It is admirable that a film can have such a transition in design. Perhaps this is the best result of the game between the three writers with different styles. Robert Mitcham plays Jeff Bailey, formerly Jeff Markham, a private detective in New York. At that time, he was hired by big brother Witt Sterling (Kirk Douglas, charming when he appeared) to track down the whereabouts of a woman named Cathy moffi (Jane Greer, exuding irresistible sexy and cunning). Cathy fired four shots at sterling, beat him up, and allegedly took $40000 from him. Sterling asked him to bring her back. I’m not really going to take revenge on her. He said, “I just want her to come back to me. You’ll understand when you’ve seen her.”

According to the law of black film as we know, the protagonist must make a choice. If he succeeds, he must pay the price for this choice. Like the old boxer in the man who sold flesh (1949), he won the game, gained dignity, and lost his right hand; Another example is Walter Neville in double reparation (1944), who murdered his lover’s husband and received double compensation, but finally lost his life. So what was Jeff’s choice and what was the price? Jeff’s choice, like the misguided heroes in most black films, is to choose the wrong woman, and the price seems to be exactly the same, that is, to be killed by this woman – Jeff’s role is really good enough. Therefore, the most worthy character in the film may not be him, but Cathy.

Cathy is one of the rare, plump, three-dimensional and radiant heroines in black films. Similar black movies, in the story, the heroine may be sexy and charming at the beginning, but she will soon show her fox tail and show her snake and scorpion heart. Few are still sympathetic near the end, let alone haunting. Cathy is different. Cathy was different as soon as she appeared. She actually shot and murdered the gang boss, and fired four shots in a row, which gave the audience a wonderful first impression. She has her own strong side. Then, the first appearance in the bar was really persuasive. It was really extraordinary that Jeff, a man who kept silent all day, fell in love at first sight. More importantly, during this period, until she shot and killed, the feelings between her and Jeff were very convincing. Their love was sincere, passionate and yearning, which was the fundamental reason why the audience was as confused as Jeff. In addition to the fatal lie that she actually took the money, which greatly reduced the audience’s trust in her, and this distrust was exacerbated when she betrayed Jeff and took refuge in wise. After that, Cathy used all her capricious tricks to make people disappointed step by step until she was completely desperate for this woman. Interestingly, however, the woman was never afraid of her lies. In the end, she shot and killed Jeff, and she brazenly said: double faced guy! It seems that Jeff is not good at betraying himself.

This woman will never easily turn against others until she is finally going to be poisoned. What a “wise” way of survival! So I must emphasize that this woman is the most important heroine in all black films. Successfully portrayed this character, the film has been more than half successful! The video shows the above plot with flashback. When Jeff first appeared, he was holding his lover ANN by the beautiful Sierra Nevada Lake (Virginia Houston). He leaned over and kissed her, but was interrupted by Jimmy (tich Moore), a deaf mute worker at the gas station. Jimmy told him in sign language that a stranger was visiting. It’s Stirling’s right-hand man, Joe Stefano (Paul valentine). He told Jeff that Stirling was waiting for him at the Lake Tahoe cabin. Jeff drove to Lake Tahoe all night, his real name, his past, how he tracked Cathy all the way to Mexico and fell in love with her (“then I saw her and walked out of the light of the sun, I realized why Witt didn’t care about the 40000 yuan.”) All this came out. More than that: he also confessed how he cheated sterling and eloped with Cathy to San Francisco. He thought he could start over, but he was hit by Jeff’s former partner Fisher (Steve Brody). Fisher tracked them all the way to their remote wooden house. Cathy shot them dead, leaving only the body and her 40000 yuan bank passbook missing.

It took Jack all night to tell the above story and forty minutes of the film. The clock turns back to reality and the scene comes to Stirling’s residence. Ann drove away and Jeff approached him. After entering the house, Jeff was not surprised to find that Cathy returned to Stirling. Sterling really has a strange mind. People can understand that he not only wants to find Cathy who shot him, but also wants to hire Jeff who betrayed him. This time he asked him to deal with Leonard yers, an accountant in San Francisco, who blackmailed sterling’s books for a large amount of money. Robert Mitcham’s meeting with Kirk Douglas was so cold that it was easy to miss: “smoke?” Kirk Douglas motioned. “It’s burning,” said Robert Mitcham, raising his “cigarette holder”. This inexplicable and off-line clip always makes me laugh. After watching “beyond the vortex” at the Virginia Film Festival, I asked Robert Mitcham, “are you an organized and premeditated smoker?” I asked him. “No, No.” “This film has more smoking scenes than any other film.” “We didn’t think about it. We just smoked. And I’m not surprised at all because – to be honest – I don’t remember seeing the film.” “You’ve never seen it?” “I must have seen it, but it’s too long for me to remember.” This is Robert Mitcham, an actor who doesn’t care about his work.

“Beyond the whirlpool” can be described as smoky. But all black films – even those produced in recent years – have cigarette butts everywhere, because cigarettes and black films are the same thing. However, few films can take advantage of the smoking scenes in this way: it’s no exaggeration to say that Kirk Douglas and Robert Mitcham are competing with the cigarettes in “smoking scene”. The director of this film is Jacques Turner, a black film master of leileihua film studio. His famous works include leopards (1942) and walking with Zombies (1943). But the most successful work of his life is beyond the vortex, written by James M. Kane. This is his third cooperation with photographer Nicholas mslaka. Nicholas mslaka is so familiar with shadow – and light. He injects the blank between them into light, making the puffing of clouds and fog more existential. Although Jacques Turner has worked in Hollywood for a long time and has made many videos, only this “beyond the vortex” can make him remembered. He is also a good director. Nicholas mslaka, a very famous Hollywood, and Jacques Turner jointly created the appearance of the film. The cold photography style and unique camera angle of the film make the film have a very amazing visual effect, that is, it is still impeccable by today’s standards.

Robert Mitcham and Kirk Douglas thought it was a “man’s will duel”, which was applauded by snake and scorpion beauties. Cathy betrayed them more than once, including Mita Carson (Rhonda Fleming), the fiery “secretary” of the accountant miles. What’s fascinating is that Jeff, played by Robert Mitcham, went to the meeting without complaint even if he knew what Cathy had done and wanted to do – he met sterling and Cathy to “get rid of the past”, said “I know someone is calculating me”, promised Mita to visit Ayers, and pointed out that he poured the wine for his fingerprints on the glass, and so on. The death of yiles, the whereabouts of the tax bill, Mita Carson’s take it all inside and out, and a series of plots in San Francisco make people dizzy. It’s amazing how the people in the play can distinguish who is right from who is wrong. However, this is not the key point. The key point is how old Jianghu Jeff knows that there are tigers in the mountain and makes risks alone, and how he never forgets Cathy Murphy and believes that he can retreat alone.

He first showed his infatuation with Cathy in Mexico, when Cathy pleaded that she didn’t take the $40000. “But I didn’t take anything. I didn’t, Jeff. Don’t you believe me?” “Baby, I don’t care.” After that, although he called her a broken boat drifting with the tide, he was deeply attracted, like every man, and couldn’t stop the dangerous and wrong things. Another sign of the black film is the tongue twister like witticism, and the lines of “beyond the vortex” are a “complete collection of short sentences”. The play was adapted from the 1946 novel “digging three feet of a grave” by kiffrey Helms, whose pseudonym is Daniel mayward Ling, and supplemented by screenwriter James M. Kane. After reading through all versions of the script for a film review in 1990, Film critic Jeff Schwarzenegger wrote to me: “Daniel meihualing’s script is not excellent, and one edition also includes a poor voice over of the deaf mute. James M. Kane’s script pushed it down, but it was even worse and completely abandoned. The wonderful dialogue was actually written by B-film screenwriter Frank Fenton. His most famous work is John Ford’s eagle wing.” 。 Look at Sterling asking his man Stefano to stop with a contemptuous “have a cigarette, Joe.” And “say a number, Joe.” Look, Joe told Jeff how he found his gas station: “the world is small.” Jeff said, “or the sign is too big.” Cathy said, “I hate him. He should have died.” Jeff: “give him some time.” Jeff’s taxi driver brother followed Mita Carson back: “I lost her.” Jeff: “it’s not a waste of time.” Jeff said to Cathy, “get out, will you? I have to sleep here.” Cathy said to Jeff, “you’re not a good man, and neither am I. that’s how we’re right.” Finally, in the most classic paragraph of the video, Cathy said, “I don’t want to die.” Jeff said, “I don’t want to, baby, but if I have to die, I hope I’m the last one.”

Director Jacques Turner has well controlled this atmosphere, and the excellent plot makes the video a representative work of “black film”. The video also has a remarkable feature. The shadow of the characters always makes the characters appear in the gray, strange and depressed. At the same time, the video also points out the weakness of men. In front of beauty, women often take risks to let themselves fall, and women are bound to become tools, which will eventually harm themselves. Love is luxury in such a world, which is even more deplorable. In order to create an atmosphere in the video, the scene always chooses the night, and the shadow of the tree branch casts on the characters’ faces, which gives people a sense of fear of uncertain future. The ending is doomed for black video, so the thick darkness always makes people despair of the world. At the end of the video, the rival play between his girlfriend an and Jimmy, a deaf mute worker, contains an ambiguous silence, which also shows the moral ambiguity of the video. I don’t want to reveal more about the story, but is Jimmy’s answer to Ann what he believes, what he thinks she is willing to accept, or what he thinks is the best answer for her?

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