Review: Gun Crazy
Inspired in part by the story of Bonnie and Clyde, the 1950 film tells the story of a man named Bart (played by John Dall) obsessed with guns from an early age. He quickly learns how much trouble his passion for firearms can cause, so he channels his obsession into constructive outlets like entering shooting competitions. When he meets a carnival sharpshooter named Annie (Peggy Cummins), it's love (or rather lust) at first sight. What starts as an infatuation between two people with the same passion quickly turns into something more sinister. Annie sees Bart as a pawn to be manipulated in pursuit of the life she's always wanted, and she's not afraid to cross lines to get what she wants.
The Warner Archive Blu-Ray features a commentary from Glen Erickson, the founder of the website "DVD Savant" (now Cinesavant.com), and it also contains a 67-minute documentary called Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light. Quite frankly, this feature remains one of the most informative and interesting documentaries ever produced about film noir. Featuring a who's who of authors, critics, filmmakers, and actors that include James Elroy, Sydney Pollack, Frank Miller, Christopher Nolan, and Kim Newman (a favorite of mine), Bringing Darkness to Light manages to cover the elusive nature of film noir, display its hallmarks, and illustrate what makes it so powerful. In 2015, I had the great pleasure of participating in a nine-week online program called "Into the Darkness: Investigating Film Noir." The event was coordinated with the involvement of Turner Classic Movies, who aired countless hours of noir programming to coincide with the course. Over those nine weeks, participants were led in classes taught by Dr. Richard L. Edwards, a professor at USC's School of Cinematic Arts. So much of what I learned during that class (and I learned quite a bit) is present in this documentary. It's an incredible film noir resource, and one that I can't praise highly enough.