Coming as a big surprise to me, the forgotten gem Riot in Cell Block 11 is being released by Criterion on DVD soon.
The film is a semi-documentary noir released in the early 1950s. The film documents a fictional riot at the famous California prison, Folsom.
The film has none of the dramatic shadows found in classic noir. It's shot like a documentary. No showy camera angles. But don't let the films look -- or its lack of stars keep you from seeing it. It's one of a kind.
Directer Don Siegel was still years away from becoming Eastwood's mentor and the director... read the rest.