AUGUST 17, 20-22
American film noir was, of course, a primary influence on the French New Wave. The influence runs the other way in these two harrowing, hallucinatory, exhilaratingly stylish 1960s thrillers, both brain-twisting neo-noir nightmares set in a paranoid-psychedelic California. Neither was a box-office success originally; each has since attained the status of cult classic and critics’ darling. Either would also make a darn fine (and suitably dark and delirious) double-bill with Godard’s Alphaville or Pakula’s The Parallax View.