Best of… Series – 1949 – Border Incident

Border Incident (Anthony Mann, 1949)

I’m not sure I can fairly evaluate this film because I was so busy salivating over the gorgeous cinematography from start to finish. Streaks of powerful clouds loom over the desert, as men hidden between the hills and the shadows live the only life they know on the US/Mexican border. The film begins with a violent crime, and the intensity presented carries throughout the entirety. Set primarily at dusk and night, this film noir abandons the usual city setting and puts the bad men and cops with swagger into the dust towns of the south. Yes, the characters are mostly pawns in a semi-propaganda piece, but I was so distracted by the constant onslaught of beautiful, innovative camerawork and well constructed story that I was mostly willing to forgive.  9.25/10

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