Sunday, March 3

Special Engagements Archive


New Restoration!

Friday, March 1 – Sunday, March 3

1945 • dir Edgar G. Ulmer w/Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake • 68 min • DCP

In 1945, from the gutters of Poverty Row came a movie that, perhaps more than any other, epitomizes the dark fatalism at the heart of film noir. As he hitchhikes his way from New York to Los Angeles, a down-on-his-luck nightclub pianist (Neal) finds himself with a dead body on his hands and nowhere to run—a waking nightmare that goes from bad to worse when he picks up the most vicious femme fatale in cinema history, Ann Savage’s snarling, monstrously conniving drifter Vera. Working with no-name stars on a bargain-basement budget, B auteur Edgar G. Ulmer turned threadbare production values and seedy, low-rent atmosphere into indelible pulp poetry. Long available only in substandard public domain prints, DETOUR haunts anew in its first major restoration. – Janus Films

Restored by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation in collaboration with Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Cinémathèque Française. Restoration funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.

“One of the most daring and thoroughly perverse works of art ever to come out of Hollywood.”
– Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

“An object lesson in low-budget Hollywood artistry and one of the few movies that can rightly be called Kafkaesque.”
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker

“It lives on, haunting and creepy, an embodiment of the guilty soul of film noir. No one who has seen it has easily forgotten it.”
– Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Ticket Information:

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Friday 3/1
at 5:30, 7:15, 9:00 PM
Saturday 3/2
at 4:30, 6:15, 8:00, 9:45 PM
Sunday 3/3
at 1:00, 2:45, 4:30, 6:15, 8:00, 9:45 PM

Brattle passes accepted. Special, Usher, and Producer members may reserve seats in advance [instructions]. Regular & Dual Members may redeem passes at the box office pending availability.