Monday, June 13

Repertory Series ArchivePrime Noir of the 1950s

The Big Combo

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(1955) dir Joseph Lewis w/Cornel Wilde, Richard Conte, Brian Donlevy, Jean Wallace, Lee Van Cleef [89 min; 35mm]
Richard Conte is at his perverse best as the ruthless mob boss, Mr. Brown, who is pitted against the equally ruthless Detective Diamond (Wilde) with wanton society dame Susan Lowell (Wallace) as the prize. Filled with sexual perversity, shocking violence, and strikingly beautiful noir cinematography by John Alton, THE BIG COMBO is a wonderfully weird and twisted crime thriller that could only come from the mind of Joseph H. Lewis (Gun Crazy).

“Where the usual noir takes place in a nightmare world, this one seems to inhabit a dream: there’s no longer fear in the images, but rather a distanced, idealized beauty.” – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

“Noir wasn’t new in 1955, but The Big Combo still found plenty of life within its limits.” – Keith Phipps, The Dissolve

“Shadows and lies are the stars of The Big Combo, a spellbinding black-and-white chiaroscuro with the segmented texture of a spider’s web.” – Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine


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