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Year
1947
Runtime
110 min.
Director
Edmund Goulding
Genres
Drama, Film-Noir
Rating *
7.8
Votes *
4,866
Checks
1,649
Favs
152
Dislikes
8
Favs/checks
9.2% (1:11)
Favs/dislikes
19:1
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  1. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Nightmare Alley is Carnival Noir with Tyrone Power playing the role of an unscrupulous mentalist-huckster who eventually hits it big, but has trouble maintaining his empire. He's great in this, bringing a searing intensity to the role, and he's well supported by the likes of Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray, and especially Helen Walker as a psychologist who may be better at manipulation than he is. The sparks fly in their scenes and make me question just what was really happening. Did she hypnotize me in those moments?! Apparently a bible for a certain kind of grifter, the film isn't always as clearly structured as I would like and contains my pet peeve - badly interpreted Tarot cards (the literalness kills me). But it's only real problem, I think, is the tacked-on hopeful ending, apparently mandated by the studio (who else?). If it ended a minute later, it would feature one of the best end-lines in all of movies. As is, it's kind of lost in the suits' fear of a movie ending on a bleak note. I saw that note coming a mile away, mind you, but I still bristle at having been robbed of it. 2 years 10 months ago
  2. Torgo's avatar

    Torgo

    quote:
    How can a guy get so low?
    - He reached too high.
    1 year 2 months ago
  3. duchin6's avatar

    duchin6

    excellent noir,with a superb performance from the late great Tyrone Power,very good supporting cast too.loved it. 4 years 8 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #19 in Eureka!'s The Masters of Cinema Series
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  2. This movie ranks #34 in IMDb's Film-Noir Top 50
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  3. This movie ranks #39 in TSPDT's 100 Essential Noir Films
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  4. This movie ranks #39 in TSPDT's 1,000 Noir Films
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  5. This movie ranks #629 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
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  6. This movie ranks #717 in Doubling the Canon
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  7. This movie ranks #1293 in The Criterion Collection
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