Phantom Lady 03/05/19
Robert Siodmak’s first film noir is a visually expressive masterpiece in the lush romantic tradition that imposes a dreamlike mood on a nightmarish story. Ella Raines goes to extreme lengths to break the conspiracy that’s sending her boss to Death Row, aided by the Kafka-like indifference of modern Manhattanites. Franchot Tone is the man with the weird hands, but Woody Bredell’s chiaroscuro cinematography is what puts this proto-feminist tale in the top tier. Co-starring Alan Curtis, Thomas Gomez, Elisha Cook Jr., Aurora Miranda and Fay Helm. On Blu-ray from Arrow Academy.