By Roger Ebert
Occasionally there's simply not anything extra soaking up than looking at a film that really seems at existence at the darkish part, revealing these darkish components of human nature that we discover so facinating. In Roger Ebert's selections of 27 videos from the darkish Side, he bargains a diverse choice from a glance on the seamy facet of existence in L.A. in Chinatown to a backwoods homicide long past mistaken in Blood Simple. Throw in classics from Alfred Hitchcock, Notorious and Strangers on a Train, and French excursions de strength, Bob le Flambeur and Touchez Pas au Grisbi and you've obtained the primer on movie noir.
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