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What's your favorite film by Jacques Tourneur?

Cat People
2 (8.3%)
I Walked with a Zombie
2 (8.3%)
The Leopard Man
0 (0%)
Days of Glory
0 (0%)
Experiment Perilous
0 (0%)
Canyon Passage
2 (8.3%)
Out of the Past
11 (45.8%)
Berlin Express
0 (0%)
Easy Living
0 (0%)
Stars in My Crown
0 (0%)
The Flame and the Arrow
1 (4.2%)
Anne of the Indies
0 (0%)
Stranger on Horseback
0 (0%)
Wichita
0 (0%)
Great Day in the Morning
0 (0%)
Nightfall
0 (0%)
Night of the Demon
1 (4.2%)
The Fearmakers
0 (0%)
The Comedy of Terrors
0 (0%)
other (please specifiy)
0 (0%)
haven't seen any
4 (16.7%)
don't like any
1 (4.2%)

Total Members Voted: 23

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Tourneur, Jacques
« on: October 18, 2010, 01:54:29 PM »
1. Out of the Past
2. I Walked with a Zombie

3. Nightfall
4. Cat People

5. Night of the Demon
6. The Leopard Man
7. Berlin Express

8. Experiment Perilous
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Re: Directors Best Poll - Jacques Tourneur
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2010, 01:55:51 PM »
I've only seen Night of the Demon, but I really liked it and I want to explore more of his work.

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Re: Directors Best Poll - Jacques Tourneur
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2010, 01:58:35 PM »
1. Out of the Past
2. Cat People
3. I Walked with a Zombie
4. Stars in My Crown
5. Nightfall
6. The Leopard Man
7. Night of the Demon
8. Berlin Express
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Re: Directors Best Poll - Jacques Tourneur
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2010, 01:58:51 PM »
I'm torn between Out of the Past and Night of the Demon. Stars in My Crown is up there, too. Not a huge fan of Cat People, but I Walked with a Zombie has its moments.

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Re: Directors Best Poll - Jacques Tourneur
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2010, 01:11:29 AM »
I was recently asked for a list of my favorite horror films.  I gave 20.  6 of them were the Val Lewton films.  I love Out of the Past and Night of the Demon, but, for me, it's i Walked With A Zombie all the way.

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Re: Directors Best Poll - Jacques Tourneur
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2010, 01:29:05 AM »
I've always preferred his Lewton films to Night of the Demon, which is just basically a tribute to Lewton.  But, seriously, Cat People at the bottom?  I used to think it was a really light film, but watched it again recently.... It's magnificent!

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Re: Directors Best Poll - Jacques Tourneur
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2010, 02:12:28 AM »
Only seen two.
1. Out of the Past
2. Night of the Demon

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Re: Directors Best Poll - Jacques Tourneur
« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2011, 11:40:56 PM »

Wichita Jacques Tourneur, 1955

The town of Wichita wants two things: to be safe and peaceful, livable; but they also want to become a cattle town and host a bunch of cowboys. When Joel McCrea shows up, he's all wanting to settle down and open up a business, but all he finds are bars, loose women and drunken cowboys. After the tragic death of Michael Jackson, it becomes obvious that there are things that are more important than the capitalist impulses of the town. To make things safe for everyone, McCrea makes himself an opponent of the progress that everyone wants. He instead points the way for a tougher, but more morally upright way of doing things. I really wanna read the Fujiwara book now and start going thru this guy's films. I can't get quite a handle on him. I really enjoyed this film, but there are depths to it waiting to come out. Well, at least it didn't totally leave me dumbfounded like Canyon Passage did. That's progress, right?

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Re: Directors Best Poll - Jacques Tourneur
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2011, 01:13:33 AM »
I've got that book, but I don't think I've seen enough of his films to read it yet.
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Re: Directors Best Poll - Jacques Tourneur
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2011, 11:26:25 PM »

Experiment Perilous Jacques Tourneur, 1944

George Brent is some city doctor who's returning to the big city after a trip. He meets up with some crazy old lady on the train and because of that encounter gets caught up in the mysterious shenanigans of her family, who may or may not all be insane. Soon enough he's all up on Hedy Lamarr (who's all stifled and going insane) and talking about daisies and poetry. It's never a big mystery exactly what's going on and I don't think the film makes a big deal out of that aspect of the film. It instead goes after  more of a feeling of unease, which seems to hang around all of the film's sets. The field of Daisies of Lamarr's past soon gets attached to other painful memories. But Tourneur can't infuse the material with any sort of momentum or energy. The possessive fervor of Lukas' character barely registers at all on the film, and it all comes off rather dispassionate. Shrug.