Saturday, January 3, 2009

The City: Modern Film Noir

My City Screams


Adapted from the legendary comic strip, The Spirit is a classic action-adventure-romance told by Genre-Twister Frank Miller (Creator of 300 and Sin City). It is the story of a former rookie cop who returns mysteriously from the dead as The Spirit (Gabrielle Macht) to fight crime in the shadows of Central City.

His arch-enemy, The Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson) has a different mission: He's going to wipe out spirit's beloved city as her pursues his own version of immortality. The Spirit tracks this cold-hearted killer from Central City's rundown warehouses, to the damp catacombs, to the windswept waterfront... all while facing a bevy of beautiful women who either want to seduce, or or kill our masked crusader. Surrounding him at every turn are Ellen Dolan (Sarah Paulson), the whip-smart girl-next-dorr; Silken Floss (Scarlett Johansson), a punk secretary and frigid vixen; Plaster of Paris (Paz Vega), a murderous French nightclub dancer, Lorelei (Jaimi King), a phantom siren; and Morgenstern (Stana Katic), a sexy young cop.

Then of course, there's Sand Saref (eva Mendes), the jewel thief with dangerous curves. She's the love of the Spirit's life turned bad. Will he save her or will she kill him? In the vein of Batman Begins and Sin City, the Spirit takes up on a sinister, gut wrenching ride with a hero who is born, murdered and born again.

Artistic Cinematography

This modern day avant gaurde film noir has power. Every scene is set in a dark place. The color red is magnified to amazing splendor. The soles of Spirit's shoes are whiter than ice. Strobe lighting is even used in several scenes at the beginning. Everything builds to a turn of the century feel. With wit and hidden genious, the way you look at movies will change. A diamond is not a diamond until you have seen it in The Spirit.


Sand Saref's obsession de jeur with diamonds reaches a new height with al of the Bvlgari jewellry included. I even remember seeing Blumarine, and several vintage peices. This movie literally blows your mind away with it's in art.

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