Neo-Noir

Mondays, January 14 - February 11, 2002

We are excited to bring back one of the favorite series that is regularly programmed at the Brattle - Neo-Noirs. Inspired by a new print of KLUTE, the Alan Pakula noir starring stoic Donald Sutherland and sexy Jane Fonda, as well as by the Coen Brothers who have brought yet another new film for the genre to the large screen - THE MAN WHO WASN'T THERE. In addition to these, we have added the classics: CHINATOWN - starring Jack Nicholson in one of his trademark roles alongside Faye Dunaway portraying a femme fatale with finesse; TAXI DRIVER - with its gorgeous footage of New York in the '70s, as well as DeNiro in one of his most famous roles, Travis Bickle. And don't forget the favorite, TOUCH OF EVIL. This time it's the original release version because we found we missed the Mancini score and wanted to compare the newest cut with the one we had grown up on. with our new screen and stereo sound, these films will look and sound great! And if you haven't ever seen these films on the big screen, now is the time!

Monday, January 14, 2002

Original Version!
Touch of Evil
at 5:15, 7:30, 9:45
1958 Orson Welles w/Charlton Heston, Janet Leigh, Orson Welles, Akim Tamiroff, Marlene Dietrich, Zsa Zsa Gabor, and Joseph Cotton (uncredited). Score by Henry Mancini.

We loved the new version of this classic Brattle favorite re-edited to Welles' specifications and released in 1998, but we also found ourselves missing the version we had grown up on with the wonderful Henry Mancini score. Containing one of the most famous opening sequences in American film, as well as all the making of a great noir, TOUCH OF EVIL is a perfect mix of masterful filmmaking and pulp cinema. Welles' corrupt American sheriff and Heston's honest Mexican cop come face to face after a murder in a border town.

Monday, January 21, 2002

New 35mm Print!
Klute
at 2:30, 7:30
1971 Alan Pakula w/Jane Fonda, Donald Sutherland, Roy Scheider, Charles Cioffi

Donald Sutherland and Jane Fonda make a great team of noir icons. He is the quiet, serious detective, she the ex-call girl with a heart of steel. Sutherland's Klute comes to the big city to investigate the disappearance of a businessman. Fonda is the only one who has any information about the mystery, and now her life is being threatened.

Taxi Driver
at 5:00, 10:00
1976 Martin Scorsese w/Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks, Harvey Keitel, Peter Boyle, Cybill Shepherd

De Niro's flagship role as a New York cab driver, Travis Bickle, teetering on the edge. Gorgeous footage of the "city that never sleeps" as well as great performances from all involved. Following on the heels of Mean Streets, this film confirmed the future acclaim of Scorsese, De Niro and screenwriter Paul Schrader.

Monday, January 28, 2002

Special Event - No Screenings Scheduled

Monday, February 4, 2002

Chinatown
at 5:00, 7:30, 10:00
1974 Roman Polanski w/Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Dianne Ladd

Water: one of the most important commodities in the oasis of Los Angeles. And the center of CHINATOWN. What starts out as a run-of-the-mill investigation into infidelity for Jake Gittes (Nicholson) turns out to be a consipiracy centering around the water supply in this growing desert metropolis.

Monday, February 11, 2002

The Man Who Wasn't There
at 7:30
2001 Coen Brothers w/Billy Bob Thorton, Frances McDormand, James Gandolfini, Scarlett Johansson, Tony Shaloub Billy Bob

Thornton gives a note-perfect performance as the typical film noir everyman, a barber by trade, who seeks to better his position in life by blackmailing the man who is having an affair with his wife. This new film by the Coen Brothers proves that the prolific siblings just keep getting better and better.

Blood Simple
at 5:30, 10:00
1984 Coen Brothers w/John Getz, Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, M. Emmet Walsh

A husband (Hedaya) hires sleazeball (Walsh) to kill his unfaithful wife (McDormand) when he uncovers her affair with his employee (Getz). Loosely based on The Postman Always Rings Twice, BLOOD SIMPLE gets infinitely more complicated as human error and greed enter the already seedy combination of murder and jealousy.

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