Quick-Thoughts: Edmund Goulding’s Nightmare Alley (1947)

A pretty by the numbers “conning others is only just the first act of conning yourself” noir fable, but a pretty entertaining one at that given how tightrope the relationships always are and not to mention just how engaging it is to learn about some background behind these deceptive techniques used in carnival career routes. Super intrigued now to see Guillermo del Toro’s spin on the story later this evening. 

Verdict: B-

“Nightmare Alley” is now available to stream on The Criterion Channel.

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