I recently watched the 1949 film noir THE SET-UP for a second time on DVD. You can read its Wikipedia entry here: http://is.gd/POnrGY. THE SET-UP stars Robert Ryan as a long-in-the-tooth heavyweight boxer, and Audrey Totter plays his long suffering but enduring love interest. I have to say I liked THE SET UP more the first time I watched it, which is surprising because I expected to like it more.

First off, I still like Robert Ryan. He makes for a credible world-weary pugilist. So, I looked for other reasons why for my disappointment. The film noir is regarded as an artsy one, filled with its symbolism. That's what bugged me, I believe. Or perhaps since I already knew it would be in the film, it became a bit of a distraction for me.

If you're a fight fan and enjoy watching boxing movies, THE SET-UP fits the bill quite well. On that level, I liked gritty, dramatic THE SET-UP very much. The ringside grotesque boxing spectators are great. Interestingly, the film script was adapted from a published poem.

Would I see THE SET-UP again? Yes, if I was in the mood for a first-rate film noir, I would. But I'd have to forget what's been written about it, and just enjoy the story for itself.
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Published on June 09, 2012 16:35 • 262 views • Tags: dogs, ed-lynskey, film-noir, movies, mystery, romance, thriller
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message 1: by Michele (new)

Michele bookloverforever love Robert Ryan so would probably watch it.


message 2: by Ed (new)

Ed Michele wrote: "love Robert Ryan so would probably watch it."

He died much too early, yes.


message 3: by Mickey (new)

Mickey Wyte Interesting point that i liked about the movie is that it happens in real time. If you notice the clocks in the movie are actually in sync with the running time of the film, aprox. 72 minutes.


message 4: by Ed (new)

Ed Mickey wrote: "Interesting point that i liked about the movie is that it happens in real time. If you notice the clocks in the movie are actually in sync with the running time of the film, aprox. 72 minutes."

Right. The clock motif is interesting as are the other symbolism devices. I'll watch it again. Thanks, Mickey.


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