‘The Pale Blue Eye,” a film now streaming on Netflix, is the second project for actor Christian Bale and director Scott Cooper. They did “Hostiles.” in 2017, with Wes Studi and Rosamunde Pike. While the latter had sun-filled days and open spaces. “Pale Blue Eye” was shot on dark winter days, among snow-packed buildings, with the sun buried behind clouds giving way to darkness.

But it’s a dark tale. Based on a 2003 novel by the same name by author Louis Bayard, it is set at West Point, New York, in 1830 — the same year that Edgar Allan Poe was a cadet.

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