Underlying Tensions within the Big Heat
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March 30, 2012
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The films themes of corruption, violence, vengeance and individual struggle are seamlessly expressed through Lang's use of economical storytelling, expressionistic lighting, unrelenting performances, costumes and use of set and decor.
The Big Heat takes its place amongst a plethora of contemporary films dealing in similar concepts of widespread social corruption, focusing especially on the prevalence of organized crime in America, from the smallest of towns to the greatest metropolis's...
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Notable films include The Enforcer from 1951, Robert Wise's The Captive City (1952), Phil Karlson's Kansas City Confidential and The Phenix City (1952 and 1955 respectively), Joseph
Lewis' The Big Combo (1955) and Samuel Fuller's Underworld U.S.A. of 1961. The Big Heat from 1953 emerges as the darkest of these films...
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