The characteristic film noir moods of
claustrophobia, paranoia, despair, and nihilism constitute a world view that is
expressed not through the films' terse, elliptical dialogue, nor through their
confusing, often insoluble plots, but ultimately through their remarkable style.


- J.A. Place and L.S. Peterson, Film Comment, Vol. 10, No. 1 (1974) -

PHOTOS: Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame & Lee Marvin in Fritz Lang's THE BIG HEAT (1953)