The Big Heat (1953) is a crime classic film noir and a violent melodrama directed by Fritz Lang. The screenplay of a potent story laced with revenge, murder, and hate was written by former crime reporter Sidney Boehm. The Big Heat is one of Hollywood fast-paced gangster films of the 50s, which had shocking public revelations about corruption and organized crimes in American towns and cities. Lang's characteristic expressionistic lighting, use of sets and decor, and costuming sharply reflected the personality traits of the film's major characters.
To begin with, ÃÂSomebody's Going to Pay...because he forgot to kill me...ÃÂ , one of the film's taglines on a poster, revealed, before even watching the film, the compulsive and personal drive of the main character to vengefully retaliate against the forces of corruption. It emphasized the film's uncompromising and grim story of a driven, dedicated, honest, incorruptible homicide detective within a crooked and perverted society and corrupt system at all levels, from the mob, the commissioner, the police, and everyday citizens, and the enormous price that is paid to find justice.
The crusading, vigilante rogue cop hero must erode his idealistic, law-abiding principles when he resorts to the unlawful tactics of the hoodlums after the tragic murder of his young wife by sadistic, viperous gang members led by a big-time crime boss. He enlists the help of one of the gangs' molls, femme fatale, in order to seek revenge.
One of the filmic characteristics that were emphasized on in the film is the camera movements. They consist of small movements within in a set, designed to help stage the material. The camera movements in The Big Heat often help explore the set. They move the characters along, from one position to another slightly different locale in the set. Lang can milk...