Black and white movie still of the day: The Big Heat
This noir classic recently made the rounds at Film Forum in New York City while I was there and I made an effort to go see it—I’d sort of half watched it before and hadn’t really appreciated it fully. Plus, any chance I get to go see something from before 1970 on the big screen is a chance I am going to barrel toward headlong.
And boy, I’m glad I did. It was cool, it was sexy, it had twists coming left and right, hot coffee coming out of left field (watch it, you’ll understand), it was exciting, it was scary, it had the best bad guy (Lee Marvin, can’t beat ‘im) and the slinkiest femme fatale of them all, Gloria Grahame. I’m not sure who else could have played her role—as gangster’s moll Debby Marsh she is sensual, vain, droll, poignant and vengeful all at once. Check out their action in the mirror above. You know you want to watch it.