THE BIG HEAT
1953, dir. Fritz Lang, Blu-ray
Fucking hardcore noir. No punches are pulled — and this was the ’50s! An innocent suburban wife is slaughtered by a car bomb. An honest cop goes is driven mad by vengeance. A gangster’s moll is disfigured with a pot of hot coffee. Glenn Ford plays the not-quite-tragic hero; his earnest but hangdog style serves him well here, as it did in GILDA. Lee Marvin and Gloria Grahame provide showstopping support.