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Empire State Building Murders (2008)

Meurtres à l'Empire State Building (original title)
A tribute and doc-crime-drama celebrating American film noir and the icons of the Hollywood golden age. It recaptures the time and place of New York in the 30's and 40s as well as plays with the codes and references of the genre.

Director:

William Karel

Writers:

Jerome Charyn (as Jérôme Charyn), William Karel
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ben Gazzara ... Paulie Genovese
Mickey Rooney ... Mickey Silver
Kirk Douglas ... Jim Kovalski
Cyd Charisse ... Vicky Adams
Richard Erdman ... Eddie Walker
Anne Jeffreys ... Betty Clark
Marsha Hunt ... Norah Strinberg
Sara Sumara Sara Sumara ... Penny Baxter (voice)
Patrick Floersheim Patrick Floersheim ... Récitant / Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lauren Bacall ... Penny Baxter (archive footage)
James Cagney ... Tony (archive footage)
Wolfgang Draeger ... Narrator (voice)
Van Heflin ... Bobby (archive footage)
Edward G. Robinson ... Brassi (archive footage)
Lizabeth Scott ... Lisa (archive footage)
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A tribute and doc-crime-drama celebrating American film noir and the icons of the Hollywood golden age. It recaptures the time and place of New York in the 30's and 40s as well as plays with the codes and references of the genre.

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Crime

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Country:

France | Finland | Australia | USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

14 August 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Empire State Building Murders See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Arte France, BeTV, Canal+ See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Kirk Douglas appears, but doesn't speak. See more »

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Interesting homage to film noir
16 July 2009 | by Svengali-2001See all my reviews

When I saw this on Aussie TV (ABC) one Sunday night I was surprised to see it had not appeared on this site and it took me a while to get the details to post it here, but it is well worthwhile because it is a fine little TV vignette to film Noir and a great chance to see some fine old actors and Cyd Charisse in her final screen appearance, along with Kirk Douglas in a strong non-speaking role and the rest of these Hollywood legends. It has echoes of Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid but without the humour. Well worth seeing as a curiosity piece and to enjoy some grand old film clips from the golden years of yore!!!

I would give this an 8 out of 10


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