Film Noir 2019
Screening Dates
  • August 16, 2019 6:30
  • August 20, 2019 8:45
  • August 22, 2019 6:30

The movie’s designed in light and shadows, and its underworld atmosphere glistens with the possibilities of sadism—this is a definitive film noir.”

Pauline Kael

Fritz Lang’s nihilistic 1950s noir raised screen violence to new heights—with, among other things, a notorious scene involving Lee Marvin as a psychopathic gangster, Gloria Grahame as a gun moll, and a pot full of scalding coffee! Gilda’s Glenn Ford is family-man Bannion, an honest cop serving on a corrupt police force in a Mob-controlled city. Investigating the death of a fellow officer, Bannion is ordered off the case by his superiors; his decision to ignore that order will have dire consequences. Lang opts for a spare, stripped-down, hard-as-nails approach, with stark cinematography, an economical narrative, terse dialogue, and minimal use of music. Grahame’s much-lauded performance may be a career-best.