By Roger Ebert
Occasionally there's simply not anything extra soaking up than looking at a film that actually appears at existence at the darkish facet, revealing these darkish elements of human nature that we discover so facinating. In Roger Ebert's alternatives of 27 video clips from the darkish Side, he deals a different choice from a glance on the seamy aspect of existence in L.A. in Chinatown to a backwoods homicide long past improper in Blood Simple. Throw in classics from Alfred Hitchcock, Notorious and Strangers on a Train, and French excursions de strength, Bob le Flambeur and Touchez Pas au Grisbi and you've received the primer on movie noir.
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CHARLIE You got me clothes? Why? PATRICK Because all the great writers used to wear great suits. Your last present is on a towel rack in the bathroom. Delve into our facilities. Emerge a star. Charlie gives Sam a sack of presents. CHARLIE Can you hand these out while I'm gone? MARY ELIZABETH Wait a second. There's only secret santa presents. There are rules, Charlie. PATRICK Mary Elizabeth, why are you trying to eat Christmas? Hand them out, Sam. 41. Sam gives out the presents. The group rips them open.
You see, Mary Elizabeth is a really nice person underneath the part of her that hates everyone. And since I heard that having a girlfriend makes you happy, I tried hard to love her like I love Sam. MARY ELIZABETH Can you believe it's almost our two week anniversary? I know. 106 CHARLIE EXT. DORMONT HOLLYWOOD MOVIE THEATER - NIGHT A double date. Craig and Sam buy the tickets to see the silent classic, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. ) So, I took her on double dates. MARY ELIZABETH (proud) Your first foreign film.
Trust me. there. PATRICK You don't want to go back CHARLIE But, I... I'm sorry... I didn't mean to do anything. PATRICK I know you didn't, but look... I hate to be the one to break this, but there's history with Mary Elizabeth and Sam. Other guys. Things that have nothing to do with you. But... it's best if you stay away for awhile. CHARLIE (crushed) Oh. Okay. How long do you think? Silence. Charlie looks over at Patrick, who wears a grave expression. It's going to be a long time. We hear the sound of the typewriter.