Genre Guesstimation – The Finger Man (1962)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Howard Casner of Ranting and Ravings and we will be reviewing our favorite French Film Noir.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jul by sending them to noirhoward@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Howard!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of French Film Noir…..

“I don’t give a damn. But I have the jewels and I need the money.” – Silien

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Jul 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A recently released thief plans an upcoming robbery, but must try and stop an informant from revealing the plans to the police.

My Take on it – Anyone who knows me, knows that this month’s genre is not one that I usually am drawn to.

This made things a bit more difficult to find films to watch, but in my constant journey to expand my film knowledge into realms that I am less familiar and comfortable with, I was able to find some very interesting movies to watch for this series.

This film does a great job depicting the kind of work criminals make easy while giving us a great perspective on their world via the eyes of someone so entrenched in it, that they cannot see any other way in life.

They develop these characters in an intriguing way that allows us to see the obvious paranoia that encompasses all that they do since they never truly know who they can trust along the way.

The plans that these characters all make for themselves can be changed at a moments notice, and they must then try and find a way to improvise on the spur of the moment.

After watching this, I can definitely understand how film makers like Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese could use this plot as a basis for some of their best crime thrillers because they borrow certain themes from the way things play out here quite effectively which help make the story even more powerful to experience.

Bottom Line – Great depiction of the criminal underworld from the perspective of those entrenched in it. The characters are presented really well and we can constantly see and feel their paranoia because they never truly know who can be trusted. The intricate plans of each of the characters keeps getting thwarted and they constantly must find ways to improvise along the way.  It’s quite easy to see why film makers like Tarantino borrow certain themes used in this film that are so effective in making a crime thriller more powerful in its delivery. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Favorite storyline of Quentin Tarantino and favorite gangster film of Martin Scorsese. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes really close. Great depiction of the way no one in the underworld can trust one another.

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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One thought on “Genre Guesstimation – The Finger Man (1962)

  1. Pingback: Genre Grandeur July Finale – Grisbi (1954) – Rantings and Ravings | MovieRob

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