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Crossfire

USA 1947. Dir: Edward Dmytryk. 85 min. DCP

Noir icons Robert Mitchum, Robert Ryan, and Gloria Grahame headline Edward Dmytryk’s Oscar-nominated mix of noir thriller and message movie, one of the first studio pictures to address anti-Semitism. After a man is murdered while socializing with a group of drunken soldiers, a police detective (Robert Young) and an army sergeant (Mitchum) conduct separate investigations into the crime. Richard Brooks’s source novel dealt not with anti-Semitism but homophobia, a topic too taboo for Hollywood at the time. B.C.-born Dmytryk also directed the 1944 noir classic Murder, My Sweet. Shortly after completing Crossfire, he was one of the “Hollywood Ten” blacklisted and jailed during the era’s anti-Communist purges. “One of the most daring thrillers of the 1940s ... Dmytryk’s portrait of postwar America is as dank and wayward as a drugged nightmare” (Richard Armstrong, The Rough Guide to Film).


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