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Encyclopedia > Criss Cross (1949 movie)

Criss Cross is a 1949 film noir movie, directed by Robert Siodmak from a novel written by Don Tracy. This black and white film was shot in its entirety in the Bunker Hill section of Los Angeles. Film noir is a stylistic approach to genre films forged in depression-era detective and gangster movies and hard-boiled detective stories which were a staple of pulp fiction. ... Robert Siodmak (August 8, 1900 - March 10, 1973) was a film director born in Memphis, Tennessee (sometimes his birthplace is stated as Dresden, Germany). ... Black-and-white is a broad adjectival term used to describe a number of forms of visual technology. ... Bunker Hill, in the downtown area of Los Angeles, California, is a short, developed hill with its peak located roughly around 3rd Street. ...

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Reuniting with director Siodmak after their success with Ernest Hemingway's The Killers, Burt Lancaster plays a man who seals his dark fate when he returns to Los Angeles to find his ex-wife (Yvonne DeCarlo) eager to rekindle their love against all better judgment. She encourages their affair but then quickly marries a mobster (Slim Dundee played by Dan Duryea). To deflect suspicion of the affair, Lancaster leads Duryea into a daylight armored-truck robbery, only to be "criss crossed" when the crime is pulled off. Ernest Hemingway, 1950. ... The Killers, also known as Ernest Hemingways The Killers is a black and white film noir directed by Robert Siodmak and starring Burt Lancaster. ... Burt Lancaster (November 2, 1913 _ October 20, 1994) was an American film actor. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... Yvonne De Carlo (born September 1, 1922) is an Canadian film and television actress. ... Publicity photo for Duryea Dan Duryea (January 23, 1907-June 7, 1968) was a hard-working TV and movie actor. ...


Criss Cross features the screen debut of Tony Curtis. Also appearing in the movie are supporting actors Percy Helton (playing a bartender) and Stephen McNally (as the cop friend of Steve's). Franz Planer's cinematography creates a black-and-white film noir world. Miklos Rozsa scored the films soundtrack. Remade as The Underneath in 1995. Tony Curtis is the stage name of Bernard Schwartz (b. ... Although literally it means writing in light, the term cinematography is generally understood as the art and process of recording visual images for the cinema (with a camera) and later developping those images in a laboratory. ... Black and White is a computer game developed by Lionhead Studios and published by Electronic Arts. ... Film noir is a stylistic approach to genre films forged in depression-era detective and gangster movies and hard-boiled detective stories which were a staple of pulp fiction. ... Miklós Rózsa (April 18, 1907 - July 23, 1995) was a major Hungarian-American composer, primarily known for his music for films. ... Generally speaking, the term soundtrack refers to the recorded sound in a motion picture. ... 1995 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Main cast

Burt Lancaster (November 2, 1913 _ October 20, 1994) was an American film actor. ... Yvonne De Carlo (born September 1, 1922) is an Canadian film and television actress. ... Publicity photo for Duryea Dan Duryea (January 23, 1907-June 7, 1968) was a hard-working TV and movie actor. ...

Quote from film

"I should have been a better friend. I shoulda stopped you. I shoulda grabbed you by the neck, I shoulda kicked your teeth in. I'm sorry Steve." Det. Lt. Pete Ramirez

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External links

  • Movie Trailer (http://www.imdb.com/rg/TITLETRA_VIDDET//http://videodetective.com/home.asp?PublishedID=3599)

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The Films of Robert Siodmak - by Michael Grost (2622 words)
Criss Cross has numerous scenes shot on staircases, and sloping locations that are staircase like.
Criss Cross includes a shot where another guard talks to Lancaster, through a window into the van of the truck.
Criss Cross ends at a beach house on the ocean, where the heroine reveals her mercenary nature and abandons the hero, just before the violent ending.
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