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Out of the Past

USA 1947. Dir: Jacques Tourneur. 97 min. DCP

OPENING NIGHT FRIDAY, AUGUST 3
COURTYARD WINGDING!

6:00 pm - Reception & Entertainment
7:00 pm - Out of the Past with Introduction
9:00 pm - Criss Cross

“It was the bottom of the barrel and I scraped it. But I didn’t care, I had her.” Jacques Tourneur’s hallucinatory, haunting Out of the Past ranks with Double Indemnity, The Postman Always Rings Twice, and The Killers as one of noir’s seminal works. Like those films, it employs a central noir premise: the told-in-flashback tale of an ill-fated sap’s downfall at the hands of a lethal femme fatale. Robert Mitchum is private-eye Jeff Bailey, hired by gangster Whit Sterling (Kirk Douglas) to find Kathie Moffett (Jane Greer), Sterling's treacherous runaway mistress. Jeff traces Kathie to a Mexican gin joint and (surprise!) makes the big mistake of falling for her himself. The film was penned, pseudonymously, by Daniel Mainwaring (Invasion of the Body Snatchers). 1984’s Against All Odds was a remake. “The best movie of everyone involved — once seen, never forgotten” (Don Macpherson, Time Out).


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Opening Night Tickets: $18
Price includes admission to courtyard wingding and Out of the Past, a drink ticket, hors-d'oeuvres, live entertainment, and programmer's remarks.

 

REVIEWS

"The most delicate and nuanced of film noirs, graced with a reflective lyricism that almost lifts it out of the genre."

Chicago Reader | full review

"One of the greatest of all film noirs."

Roger Ebert | full review