Whenever I think of quintessential noirs, those features that offer the purest representations of the era, Criss Cross (1949) is one that comes immediately to mind. It’s got it all – urban setting, flashbacks, voiceover. Ever-present atmosphere of doom. Unforgettably fatal femme, fittingly gullible anti-hero. A titilating opening. And an absolutely perfect end – perhaps my favorite in all of film noir (and that’s saying something!).
Criss Cross tells the story of an armored car truck driver who teams with his ex-wife and her husband, a gambler with underworld connections, to steal his company’s payroll – with disastrous results, as hinted by the film’s apt title. I’m here to tell you, there’s a whole lot to love about this fabulous 1940s film noir feature, from the first-rate cast to the unforgettable dialogue, and so much more! First off, there’s . . .
The opening. The film begins with stolen…
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