The Crimson Kimono: An Analysis of Noir Realism and Race (2015)

ooo I read this splendid essay yesterday on 4 Star Films, whose proprietor has very kindly given me permission to share it.

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crimsonk1What makes Film-Noir intriguing is not simply the crime aspect but the fact that they are films with worldviews that are often weighed down by cynicism. Film-Noir depicts the harsh realities of human nature that few other films would ever dare to acknowledge onscreen. People are broken at their core; continually led to their own devices whether it’s greed or their own personal insecurities. These films give us a fascinating microscope by which to examine all the pain and prejudices that abound within the human condition.  Samuel Fuller’s The Crimson Kimono (1959) shares some of these qualities, acting as a realistic procedural that employs cinematography and setting to say something about the world we live in. Furthermore, it has a remarkable stance on race relations, specifically for Japanese-Americans, that was ahead of its time and has hardly ever been matched.

Through an analysis of The Crimson Kimono it becomes obvious…

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2 thoughts on “The Crimson Kimono: An Analysis of Noir Realism and Race (2015)

  1. Wow, you ain’t kidding, this is a special review here John! I am a fan of THE CRIMSON KOMONO and of Samuel Fuller, but I’ll admit the film is not perfect. But every bit as unique in a number of ways as the writer here claims.

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