Hell Is These People


THE BOTTOM LINE: A Mexican setting for some sleazy, stinging film noir.

FILM NOIR, THAT '40S HOLLYWOOD style of bitter men, treacherous women and slicing shadows, is making spectral appearances on cable TV this summer. But noir is easier to evoke than it is to revive. Fallen Angels, Showtime's series of short films, errs in thinking the genre is all venetian blinds and overhead fans. For a sharper rear view, check out The Wrong Man. Director Jim McBride (The Big Easy) and writers Roy Carlson and Michael Thoma have the inside word on noir. It isn't a...

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