Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

Posted By on Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Brothers Rico Phil Karlson
The Brothers Rico (1957)
Directed by Phil Karlson
Moving at a brisk clip, this isn't the kind of noir that needs to be explained afterward. It's clear pretty much from the start that the eldest Rico (Richard Conte, later The Godfather's Don Barzini), a mob accountant gone straight-ish, is being manipulated by his old boss and family friend Kubick (Larry Gates), and that the rest of the Ricos, intuitive as they may be, are in trouble. Like Conte, though, the movie's got good bones: some nice subtext on family and faith, and enough tough-talkers and lunch counters to call up a yearning for the tough, grimy Gotham-that-was. Elina Mishuris (Sep 12 at MoMA, part of its An Auteurist History of Film Reprise)

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