Two Impressive Films From John Dahl—Master of the Neo-Noir Genre​

Oct 8, 2020 | Newsletter

“Gratitude is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all others”



Film lovers are enormously grateful that the hugely talented John Dahl got to make two  Neo-Noir films that  today are considered masterpieces of this genre. But, it didn’t come easy. When Red Rock West was completed it was dismissed by the film industry. It was dumped to cable stations without the usual first step, a theatrical run.  Bill Banning, the owner of an art house theater in San Francisco loved the film  and booked it for what he believed would be a short run. Film critics took notice and gave it rave reviews. The theater was packed nearly every performance. And, finally, the film received the acclaim and success it deserved.

A year later, Dahl followed  up with The Last Seduction.  This film was a smash from the beginning. 

And yet, there are still many ardent filmgoers who aren’t familiar with these two  “hidden gems.” Not to fret; you can now stream both:


Red Rock West

Michael Williams, an unemployed ex-marine, wanders into a bar in Red Rock, Wyoming, looking for work…


The Last Seduction

Clay Gregory, a medical student heavily in debt to loan sharks, arranges to sell stolen pharmaceutical drugs for $700,000…


Coming Soon, Can’t Wait

Dec 2021: Platform TBD. West Side Story. Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the Broadway classic. 
Opening TBD, 2021: Netflix. Diana: A Musical
Opening TBD, 2021: Netflix. The Crown. Season 4, late 2020; Season 5, 2021. 


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