Tuesday, December 14, 2010

White Heat (1949)

Now this has promise: a violent and unpredictable gangster with mommy issues and insanity in his family who suffers from debilitating headaches that make him berserk? Score! It appears this movie is another version of what we saw in Butch and Sundance, except rather than humanizing the bad guys through wit, brotherly love, and remarkable good looks, this landmark noir and foundational action movie makes a "black hat" human by and through psychopathology. Paging Dr. Freud!

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