How could I have known that murder could sometimes smell like FREE NOIR?
February 9, 2016 7:20 PM   Subscribe

60 Free Film Noir movies, courtesy of MetaFilter favorite Open Culture.
posted by MoonOrb (17 comments total) 101 users marked this as a favorite
 
I really enjoyed Beat the Devil, which I discovered from this list.
posted by maggiemaggie at 7:27 PM on February 9, 2016


Jealous for anyone who is about to see The Naked Kiss for the first time.
posted by shakespeherian at 7:27 PM on February 9, 2016 [4 favorites]


This is better than Christmas!
posted by Stonkle at 7:33 PM on February 9, 2016


This is a good thing.
posted by PROD_TPSL at 9:01 PM on February 9, 2016


Gah... "The Payoff" (1935) has already been taken down.
posted by PROD_TPSL at 9:03 PM on February 9, 2016


I've just been going to YT and typing "film noir" in the search box lately. I'm not 100% sure about this, but this has essentially made a playlist, so I can run through three or four in a night. It's something like having the TV tuned to a late-night no-budget station in 1973 running murky scratched up transfers of forgotten b-movies, more or less without ads. Heaven.
posted by mwhybark at 9:07 PM on February 9, 2016 [4 favorites]


Maybe we could have a film noir club on FanFare...
posted by MoonOrb at 9:11 PM on February 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


Dang, The Big Clock isn't available.
posted by praemunire at 9:24 PM on February 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


The Great Flammarion is gone, too.

And The Naked Kiss is unfortunately a quite bad (very blurry) encoding.
posted by ojemine at 9:30 PM on February 9, 2016


A plug for Detour. Made on a tiny budget (shot in 6 days, as noted) but so good. And it's in the National Film Registry.
posted by pmurray63 at 9:46 PM on February 9, 2016 [1 favorite]


Gah... "The Payoff" (1935) has already been taken down.

Well, the article is five years old. (Not a complaint, just pointing it out.)
posted by pmurray63 at 9:53 PM on February 9, 2016


I recommend starting with Detour - - it really is a great movie!
posted by fairmettle at 3:04 AM on February 10, 2016


They seem free. They entice you like a quick tumble with a mussy-haired waitress. But when the bill comes due it will come with a bullet and a DMCA notice.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 5:00 AM on February 10, 2016 [5 favorites]


I think most of them are in the public domain.
posted by maggiemaggie at 7:16 AM on February 10, 2016


Come join the hardboiled, down on its luck, fedora wearing, whisky drinking Film Noir Club on FanFare.
posted by MoonOrb at 6:26 PM on February 10, 2016


shakespeherian: “Jealous for anyone who is about to see The Naked Kiss for the first time.”

Holy fuck that was an astoundingly good movie. Better than anything else on that list I've seen (and I've seen most.) It deals with all sorts of things movies from that era hardly ever dealt with – most of all with the perspective of a woman, and a sex worker of strong character no less who gives no fucks and takes no shit at that. Just stupendous. Thanks for the recommendation.
posted by koeselitz at 6:48 PM on February 10, 2016 [1 favorite]


I'm curious about the intersection between this and the Roku Cafe Noir channel. Because, if someone isn't monetizing this by selling crappy ads injected into freely available movies then I'd be totes surprised.
posted by Fezboy! at 5:25 AM on February 12, 2016


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