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If anyone has read my reviews, you know i am a big fan of film noir, being bored i decided to list my favorite scenes from all types of noir movies. Most of these do contain spoilers so be advised, and enjoy this fine collection from cinema's great.
5.Blade Runner's uncertain ending. After defeating Roy Batty and hearing Gaff tell him something he quite didn't understand, Rick Deckard returns to his apartment to find his android girlfriend rachel, still alive and a calling card from Gaff on the floor. He realizes Rachel will die in four years, and leaves with her unsure of his or her future. This scene (exclusive to the final cut) shows us the true noir escence that Ridley Scott put into this movie
4.The Third Man: Cotten betrays Welles. After exposing his crimes to post war-vienna, Harry Lime is on the run through the sewers from MPs Vienna policeman and his best friend. He guns down several cops and is shot himself, but determined, he calls out for his friend to help him out. Joseph Cotten has to decide between his friendship and Justice. He picks the latter, a gunshot rings throughout the sewers and Holly Martin appears in the smoke. A bittersweet but, perfect ending.
3.Casablanca: Rick lets Elsa go. Granted this may be classic film with a few noir elements. Casablanca's unforgettable ending culminates with Rick and Elsa waiting on the active runway as the Germans close in on them. Rick and Elsa may have rekindled their love, but Rick decides that for Elsa to live, she has to leave with her husband. The mascara runs down Elsa's face and Rick lets her go, as much as he loved her.
2. Chinatown: final scenes. Chinatown may have other phenomenal scenes ("she's my sister") but the ending hated by many viewers tops all the others. Faye Dunaway shoots her father, takes her daughter and her sister (same person actually, hard to explain) and speeds off through the crowded streets of LA's chinatown. The police open fire, she falls out of the car JJ Gittes tries to understand why, but his cop friend Daffy turns him away and utters: "Forget it Jake, It's Chinatown." neo noir at its most ambitious.
1. The Maltese Falcon: last scene. Sam Spade watches as his love is taken from him. It was her that killed his partner, it was her that set up the entire conspiracy and over what? a fake treasure. A San Fransisco PD detective picks up the so-called maltese falcon and asks Sam "what is this?" Sam picks it up, he is broken and betrayed and says "The.. uh stuff that dreams are made of..." fade to black