Set in unsettled postwar England where crime is on the upsurge, FUGITIVE is a suspenseful genre film which uses the picturesque Soho district as background to brilliant effect. The brooding and atmospheric cinematography of cameraman Otto Heller (FUNERAL IN BERLIN) is in the noir visual tradition, while the film's authenticity is due to the director's command of documentary technique. The London pubs, alleys and back bedrooms turn into the poetry of urban realism. Also evident is Cavalcanti's deep understanding of the troubled characters, well-drawn in the script by noted playwright Noel Langley, the screenwriter of THE WIZARD OF OZ.
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Film Noir at its best.This film captures all the despair of the "heroes Journey"the pursuit of an unobtainable goal matches Alfred Hitchcocks best work.
Gritty, like Trevor Howard,forget a happy ending. well made. Great locations.
Excellent crime film. Good period piece. Very Hitchcockian.
This was a good film. Since I'm not a film guy, I didn't actually know what "Film Noir" was, but once I started the movie, it was immediately familiar. I enjoyed the English gangster setting, and I really enjoyed the fast paced dialogue, even if I couldn't hear or understand everything that was said. The characters are interesting too, in a classic black-and-white movie sort of way.
The plot was fantastic, although not every detail was developed so that it made perfect sense. For instance, why do the cops seem so stupid in the beginning and yet so knowledgeable in the end? Furthermore, I wish the movie was about five minutes longer in order to provide more resolution. I felt like too many questions remained unanswered.
Overall, I really enjoyed this film. The dialogue was my favorite part, although I wish there were subtitles so that I could read the things that were too quiet or quick to hear.