To Have and To Have Not: Class Envy in Film Noir

03/22/2010 4:00 AM |

This week, Film Forum revives Joseph Losey’s 1951 film noir The Prowler, the subject of Matt Zoller Seitz’s video essay (a transcript of which can be found here). Elsewhere in the L, Justin Stewart reviews the film.

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  • Matt: This is an entertaining and succinct analysis of The Prowler. I enjoy what might as well be a pullquote: “It’s not just a classy thriller. It’s a thriller about class.” You’ve nailed Losey’s thematic obsession and rendered it articulate through the lens of envy. Thanks!–Michael Guillen.

  • …also, I think this is the first time I’ve ever heard the word “hinky” used!

  • Regarding “hinky,” credit where it’s due: There’s a pretty funny conversation about the word “hinky” in 1993’s “The Fugitive.” It officially entered my vocabulary after that — though I can never pronounce it with quite the same flair as Tommy Lee Jones.