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Shockproof

USA 1949. Dir: Douglas Sirk. 79 min. DCP

Major talents Douglas Sirk and Samuel Fuller are the one-two punch behind this brisk, stylish 1949 noir in the couple-on-the lam mode. Sirk directs from Fuller’s script; Cornel Wilde plays principled parole officer Griff Marat, who finds himself in a heap of trouble when he loses his head for — and marries — seductive bad-girl Jenny Marsh (Patricia Knight), one of his parolees. Wilde and Knight were married at the time. A pivotal scene takes place in L.A.’s Bradbury Building, prominently featured in Blade Runner. Pioneering British pop artist Richard Hamilton based a series of works on a still (featuring Knight) from the film. The cop-out ending wasn’t Fuller’s but was imposed on Sirk by the studio.


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