贼 The Thief (1952)

  • 导演: Russell Rouse
  • 编剧: Clarence Greene Russell Rouse
  • 主演: 雷·米兰德 马丁·加贝尔
  • 类型: 剧情 犯罪 黑色电影
  • 制片国家/地区: 美国
  • 语言: 无对白
  • 片长: 85 分钟
  • 上映日期: 1952-10-15
  • imdb网址: tt0045230
  • 贼剧情简介
      A telephone rings in the dark—three times, pauses, then rings three times again. A fully-clothed figure lights a cigarette before rising from bed, dons a raincoat, then sets out into the night. Another figure emerges from the shadows, lights a cigarette, then discards a crumpled cigarette pack, which the first picks up and carries home. Back in his room, the first man places the refuse on his desk, paces apprehensively about his apartment before he finally removes the inner foil and examines it. After letting what it reveals sink in, he sets it on fire, and a cold look comes over his face...
      Thus begins The Thief, a 1952 cold war, espionage thriller—unique in that it is completely without dialogue—directed by Russell Rouse, and produced by Clarence Greene, who co-wrote the screenplay. Allan Fields (Ray Milland) is an award-winning nuclear scientist working at the Atomic Energy Commission research laboratory. He is also a spy, photographing top secret documents, then relaying the miniature film canisters back through an elaborate network to enemy agents in Egypt. His signal is the telephone, and his liaison outlines his assignments through instructions on his cigarette refuse, with nary a word spoken. It is a dangerous business, and one that creates many close calls—too close for comfort. When one of his assignments goes awry, the FBI begins to close in, and the race is on to leave the country before he is caught.
      The Thief has all the trappings of classic noir. Produced at the height of the "Red Scare," the film manages to maintain a constant state of tension, relying heavily on reaction shots and Herschel Burke Gilbert's riveting musical score. The cinematography heightens the effect, utilizing lighting and camera angles to convey the unspoken. Milland, who won an Oscar® for his role in Billy Wilder's The Lost Weekend, carries the part off to perfection, letting the audience read his character's thoughts solely through facial expression and body language. The direction also fools the audience into anticipating dialogue, then cleverly avoiding it. Only the Oscar®-nominated score and sound effects break the silence.
      This is a fascinating use of visuals to tell a story, and a gripping suspense film, which held my interest throughout, and aside from one sequence where Fields' conscience begins to plague him, the narrative is fairly straight forward, without much in the way of gimmickry. Avoid the back cover text because it gives away the ending, which was the only part that didn't really work for this reviewer. For those interested in cold war-era film noir, this is certainly worth a look, if for no other reason than its uniqueness.

    标签:  美国 黑色电影 1950s 默片 RayMilland 美国电影 RussellRouse Film-Noir
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    易老邪  2012-03-16
    4星半。
    Nakadai  2012-06-18
    有意思的尝试,不过失去对话毕竟还是限制了叙述能力和表现力,结局也着实让人失望。
    唯有时光  2014-07-30
    米兰德演技很赞 默片形式不要字幕好适合我
    熊圣昂  2014-08-12
    除了导演拍的有点想当然外,作为一部无声电影最大的亮点就是米德兰鬼魅的眼神和战战兢兢的表演。帝国大厦上的风景不错!