D.O.A. (1950)|A Phenomenology of Dying

Dying from poison, when it is too late to have your stomach pumped out, sounds more certain and “to the point” than being a terminal cancer survivor with the sword of Damocles hanging over your head. This old film noir compresses in a short time a dying person’s response to certain death. And rather than curling up in some corner to await the Grim Reaper, the protagonist uses the time left to him to possibly save the life of someone poisoned like he was and to right justice by solving the crime that took his life in the first place.


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