Format: Kino Lorber BluRay
Viewing: Second (and kinda third)
Director: John Farrow
I saw this one a few years back at the Austin Noir City fest hosted by Eddie Muller, but haven't seen it since. It's a prime example of a good movie to sit down and say "is this noir?", because I don't know. It sure as hell feels like noir, minus the supernatural elements.
This time I was able to watch the film and then immediately come back (when Jamie had gone off to bed) and watch the film with commentary by Eddie Muller. It's worth noting - because, as he states, it's been years since he did a commentary track, but he did this one because he likes the movie that much.
The film itself is a very 20th-Century flavoring of how a good man with the best of intentions can compromise his way right into corruption when it comes to elected office - with an extra shove in the wrong direction from a sharp-dressed demon. It doesn't hurt to understand a bit about 19th and 20th Century political machines, but the film is mostly concerned with literal forces for good and evil over a man's soul (the evil being Nick Beal), tempting the pious Joseph Foster with the ability to do good at scale, if he just compromises endlessly along the way. And, of course, turn his eye from his matronly wife (his voice of piety) to Audrey Totter.