Tuesday, February 25

Special Engagements Archive

Out of the Past



1947 dir Jacques Tourneur w/Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas, Rhonda Fleming • 97 min • 35mm

We pay tribute to Kirk Douglas – one of the last movie stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood who passed away this month – with three of our favorites of his films.

In OUT OF THE PAST, Kirk Douglas plays a shady businessman who hires a private eye (Mitchum) to track his girlfriend (Greer) who has shot him and stolen $40,000. Of course this is Mitchum’s movie but, without the brilliant foil of Douglas’ charming heel – a role that he turned into a veritable cottage industry – OUT OF THE PAST would be just another great film noir and not the exemplar of the genre that we now know it as.

“One of the greatest of all film noirs.”
– Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“The most delicate and nuanced of film noirs, graced with a reflective lyricism that almost lifts it out of the genre.”
– Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

“Each change of angle and shift of light evokes an inner disturbance; the actors seem to push through the dense shadow as through water, revealing fast people in slow motion…”
– Richard Brody, The New Yorker

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Tuesday 2/25
at 5:00, 7:00, 9:00 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.