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6. They Live By Night – Nicholas Ray (1949)

First Viewing.

If you put a gun to my head and asked me to pick my favourite Nick Ray movie I’d have to give some serious thought to suggesting They Live By Night over the iconic Rebel Without a Cause or the perspicacious Johnny Guitar. Rebel’s always going to get the acclaim, and Johnny’s always going to get the intellectual treatment, but TLBN is great cinema. It’s simple in it’s structure and even simpler in it’s execution, and it confidently purrs along doing everything right. Perhaps Ray’s most rounded work…

Marks out of ten – Ten

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