Rare Film Noir

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Tuesdays in July & August, 2006

Our repertory series will change back to the Brattle's traditional vertical format during July & August, with Tuesdays featuring Rare Film Noir!

» Review: "Witness to moviemaking: Rare film noir at the Brattle" by Steve Vineberg, The Boston Phoenix
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FILM DESCRIPTIONS

Tuesday 7/18 at 3:30, 7:30

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PUSHOVER
(1954) dir Richard Quine w/Fred MacMurray, Kim Novak, Phillip Carey, Dorothy Malone, E.G. Marshall [88 min]

"Money isn't dirty, just people." It's low-rent Double Indemnity, as cool blonde moll Kim Novak (in her first major role) convinces besotted cop Fred MacMurray that killing her bank-robbing boyfriend and scarfing the cash is all in the line of duty.

Tuesday 7/18 at 5:30, 9:30

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NIGHTFALL
(1956) dir Jacques Tourneur w/Aldo Ray, Brian Keith, Anne Bancroft, Rudy Bond [78 min]

Anne Bancroft thinks Aldo Ray's paranoid - but he's got his reasons. With Brian Keith and Rudy Bond on his tail because he's ended up with their loot after blundering into their hideout, even snowy Wyoming looks good; but there's still that snowplow showdown. Based on a novel by pulp great David Goodis.

Tuesday 7/25 at 3:30, 7:30

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THE CAPTIVE CITY
(1952) dir Robert Wise w/John Forsythe, Joan Camden, Harold J. Kennedy [95 min]

On the run, editor John Forsythe stops to record his story before getting to the Kefauver Commission in D.C.: a divorce action leads to a major bookie, leads to murder between speeding car and brick wall, leads to realization of rampant corruption. Rich semi-doc noir photography by legendary DP Lee Garmes.

"Crisp... genuine and disturbing." - The New York Times

Tuesday 7/25 at 5:30, 9:30

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WITNESS TO MURDER
(1954) dir Roy Rowland w/Barbara Stanwyck, George Sanders; cinematography by John Alton [83 min]

Good citizen Barbara Stanwyck reports George Sanders' murder of a fellow apartment dweller, but with no evidence except her own threatening letters, next stop is the nut house. But when she gets out, forger Sanders ("properly suave and hateful" - NY Times) begins creating his masterpiece: Stanwyck's suicide note.

Tuesday 8/1 at 3:00, 5:15, 7:30, 9:45

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NOBODY LIVES FOREVER
(1946) dir Jean Negulesco w/John Garfield, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Walter Brennan [100 min]

John Garfield is a shady ex-GI hooked up in a plot to bilk a war widow (gorgeous Geraldine Fitzgerald). When he falls for her, the gang wants them both dead. Director Negulesco ladels atmospherics onto the script by crime specialist W. R. Burnett (Little Caesar, The Asphalt Jungle), who here turns in one of his lighter, more romantic efforts. Featuring a terrific supporting cast that includes To Have And Have Not's Walter Brennan.- Notes from the American Cinematheque, LA

Tuesday 8/8 at 3:30, 7:30

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THE BIG NIGHT
(1951) dir Joseph Losey w/John Drew Barrymore, Preston Foster, Joan Lorring, Howard St. John [75 min]

Picked-on teenager John Barrymore Jr.'s birthday party at dad Preston Foster's bar has an unusual highlight: Dad meekly submitting to a brutal caning by a limping Howard St. John - and it's going to take Junior the rest of an event-packed night to find out why.

  » Read Brattle Theatre Film Notes for THE BIG NIGHT

Tuesday 8/8 at 5:30, 9:30

THE BURGLAR
(1957) dir Paul Wendkos w/Dan Duryea, Jayne Mansfield, Martha Vickers, Peter Capell [90 min]

Necklace, Necklace... Who's got the necklace? The fruit of Dan Duryea's tour-de-force heist proves a magnet for a crooked cop, but then Dan's got to keep his henchmen off "ward" Jayne Mansfield. With an "homage" to Welles' Lady from Shanghai funhouse sequence.

Tuesday 8/15 at 3:30, 5:30, 7:30, 9:30

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BETWEEN MIDNIGHT AND DAWN
(1950) dir Gordon Douglas w/Edmond O'Brien, Mark Stevens, Donald Buka, Gale Storm [89 min]

Noir stalwarts Edmond O'Brien and Mark Stevens portray a pair of LAPD prowl car cops hoping for an easy night in the City of Angels, dealing with nothing more serious than sparring over the affections of sexy-voiced radio dispatcher, Gale Storm. Guess again. Before sun-up there will be a prison break, a murder, numerous beatings, and an incredibly tense climax with a kid used as a human shield. The model for just about every TV cop show ever made! - Notes from the American Cinematheque, LA

Tuesday 8/22 at 3:30, 5:30, 7:30, 9:30

THE WINDOW
(1949) dir Ted Tetzlaff w/Barbara Hale, Arthur Kennedy, Bobby Driscoll [73 min]

A tall-tale-telling tenement kid's eyewitness account of a sailor's murder is believed by nobody but the killers themselves. Adapted from a Cornell Woolrich story, THE WINDOW garnered child star Bobby Driscoll a special Oscar. "Edgar" winner for Best Mystery Film of the Year.

"The lowdown high concept and the eye of the director (Ted Tetzlaff, who as a cinematographer shot Hitchcock's Notorious) earn this tight 1949 suspense film its sordid whiff of immortality; it brings out paranoid feelings in even the most sedate children." - Michael Sragow, The New Yorker

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