Monday, August 3, 2015

In the Heat of the Night (1967) Hopperesque Noir

(SLWB - February 07, 2014)

Director: Norman Jewison Writers: Stirling Silliphant (screenplay, also wrote Nightfall (1957) 
The Lineup(1958), Marlowe (1969 ), John Ball (based on a novel by) Stars: Sidney Poitier, 
Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant, Larry Gates, James Patterson, William Schallert, 
Beah Richards, and Quentin Dean.

In The Heat Of The Night, through Noir shaded glasses a visual review.

Re-watched Oscar Winner (Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material 
from Another Medium, Best Sound and Best Film Editing) In The Heat Of The Night. Forget about 
that is was produced at the height of the civil rights struggle becoming a benchmark film that has 
won accolades world over and look at it terms of a sort of Edward Hopper-esque, color Neo Noir. 
The compositions and muted colors render practically every scene a visual treat. If you've never 
seen it you will be pleasantly surprised, with a great Quincy Jones score to boot. 10/10 for me.

Its Noir influences are readily homaged in the 40th Anniversary Issue's menu sequence:

Below are composite screen caps that are a visual treat:






The great opening sequence with the arrival of the train accompanied by Ray Charles 
singing In the Heat of the Night you know you are back in Noirsville.

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