The Postman Always Rings Twice
Directed by Tay Garnett. US. 1946. NR. 1 hour 53 minutes. Warner Bros. DVD.
Sun., March 8, 2020 thru Mon., March 9, 2020
Whenever the phrase “film noir” is used, this film of James M. Cain’s novel – about a depression-era drifter (John Garfield) and a cafe-owner’s sensual young wife (Lana Turner) who conspire to kill her husband – is almost always used as a prime example. From the moment that Garfield sees the all-too-true “Man Wanted” sign outside the cafe until the shattering conclusion, there is an aura of desperation and desire that grips the viewer like a vise and never lets go.