Browsing Criterion Channel’s vast collection is almost enough to take up a great portion of your day. More recently, I took advantage of the extra hour granted to us and indulged in a little Sunday morning Double Feature of Klute and In the Cut – two films, 30 years apart – and asked myself many questions. Chief among them: are these noir?
The prior (Klute) was always a film that I had wanted to see, largely based on my late father’s fondness for the Alan J Pakula classic from 1971. In the Cut was far less familiar to me. The passing knowledge I had acquired came and went as fast as it had during its initial theatrical run in 2003.
On its surface, I can see why the curators of the Collection thought it would be a great idea to pair these two films together:
- Female leads whose sexual expression play a major role in the films’ narrative;
- NYC as a backdrop;
- Exposure of a seedy underbelly to a perceived genteel society (although In the Cut strips away a lot of that veneer from the get-go).
So I guess the question after viewing is – what did I think of these films, separate and apart? Fine out under the cut.[Read more…]