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Legendary Film Noir Movies

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This collection pulls together themes from the great film noir movies. Although far from a complete representation of the genre, there's enough here to make a punter with a decent-sized CD collection who is interested in such things happy. That said, keep in mind that these are not performed by the original orchestras and are therefore not from the original soundtracks of these films. But these interpretations are presented ably enough, with drama, tension, and pathos galore. Themes include "The Postman Always Rings Twice," "Lady from Shanghai," "Maltese Falcon," "Mildred Pierce," "Dark Passage," "Scene of the Crime," and many others -- 28 themes in all. While Sunday afternoon listening might not be the preferred time, simply having all these anthems to the truly archetypal in a certain kind of cinema is more than a taste -- it's a bonanza.

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