Ride the Pink Horse and Nonurban Noir

Inside Criterion / Sneak Peeks — Mar 23, 2015

When we think of film noir, we think of shadowy city streets, often in Los Angeles or New York. But Robert Montgomery’s Ride the Pink Horse, which we released last week, is one of a handful of dark-toned films made after World War II that take place in very different settings. As Imogen Sara Smith (author of In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City) explains in this excerpt from a longer interview on the release, it’s part of a subgenre of nonurban noir set on the Mexican border, a place that offers a “mirage of safety” as well as themes of culture clash.