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February 20, 2006

The Shadow Knows

Saw these old horror movies by Jacques Tourneur (e. g. "Night of the Demon", the old "Cat People", "I Walked With A Zombie"). Storywise, the stuff is fairly predictable, and the dialogues are far from magnificent, but Tourneur has an impeccable sense of lighting and handles shadows like nobody's business. One could say that shadows have the lead role in these movies; darkness becomes a splendidy rich and pregnant force positively eager to dissolve and absorb the human form. Nothing much else happening in these films, but it's plenty sufficient. Highly recommended.


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