Dedications: My four late friends Rory, Stan, Bryan, Jeff - shine on you crazy diamonds, they would have blogged too. Then theres Garry from Brisbane, Franco in Milan, Mike now in S.F. / my '60s-'80s gang: Ned & Joseph in Ireland; in England: Frank, Des, Guy, Clive, Joe & Joe, Ian, Ivan, Nick, David, Les, Stewart, the 3 Michaels / Catriona, Sally, Monica, Jean, Ella, Anne, Candie / and now: Daryl in N.Y., Jerry, John, Colin, Martin and Donal.
Wednesday, 21 January 2015
"Closer than that, Walter"
It is a bleak, pitiless world where the lovers meet in that early type supermarket, and oddly, the door to Neff's apartment opens outwards - convenient for when Keyes drops in on Neff, just as Phyllis is about to arrive, and can hide behind the open door .... then the scales fall from Neff's eyes and the lovers meet one last time. She shoots first but can't finish it as she suddenly realises she has feelings after all ... and finally our fatally injured sap tells all into the dictating maching as Keyes arrives and hears all. Walter tells him he could not see who the guy was as he was too close, just across his desk - to which Barton dryly comments that he was closer than that ....
Wilder shot additional scenes of Neff in the gas chamber, but realised they were not needed, just like he did in SUNSET BOULEVARD, his other great classic (apart from SOME LIKE IT HOT and THE APARTMENT) showing Joe Gillis's corpse arriving at the morgue and the other corpses asking him how he got there - but preview audiences laughed at this, so Wilder wisely scrapped it (but its on the dvd extras). But we will always have Phyllis with her ankle bracelet artfully drawing Neff into her web with that sparking talk of a speed limit which Walter was exceeding ..... Play it again ! I may now have to go back and re-see GILDA, LAURA, MILDRED PIERCE, ROAD HOUSE, OUT OF THE PAST, NOTORIOUS, etc .... Black and white '40s noirs, theres nothing like them.