Film Noir 2020
- So Dark the Night
- Joseph H. Lewis
- 71 DCP
“Possibly the best picture-maker in B-movies ... Lewis was the perfect noir director.”Tom Charity, The Rough Guide to Film
B-movie auteur Joseph H. Lewis, director of Gun Crazy, The Big Combo, and My Name is Julia Ross, is a cult favourite for his brisk, stylish films noir. In So Dark the Night, a Parisian detective takes a much-needed vacation in the French countryside, only to become tangled up in a messy romantic triangle — and murder. Made on a miniscule budget with a no-name cast, and shot by noted cameraman Burnett Guffey (In a Lonely Place, Bonnie and Clyde), Lewis’s little-seen gem is “directed like a million bucks ... It has more cinematic ideas per square foot of screen than any number of contemporary A features ... This is what Lewis was all about” (Tony Rayns, Time Out).
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