Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Le Mouchard

I keep watching John Ford's films and won't be done with him for a while. 

The Informer (1935) is a drama about life in Dublin in 1922. The movie is considered a classic because of its direction, astounding photography and the use of fog and lighting, that was so different from the usual American film, and more in the tradition of German expressionism.

It starts with a Bible verse "Then Judas repented himself - and cast down thirty pieces of silver - and departed" and tells a story of a man who informs on a friend and then is haunted by his conscience. Though The Informer is simple in plot, the main character is given the remarkable complexity and Victor McLaglen's performance is unbelievable.

Victor McLaglen as Gypo Nolan

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