Film Noir 2021
Screening Dates
  • August 20, 2021 8:40
  • August 21, 2021 6:15
  • August 23, 2021 6:15
  • August 26, 2021 8:30

One of the most distinguished works of art to emerge from the B‑movie swamp … A stunning technical achievement.”

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

Thrill crazy … Kill crazy … Gun Crazy.” A much-loved film noir classic, Joseph H. Lewis’s legendary B‑movie, made for Poverty Row studio Monogram Pictures, is a manic tour-de-force of technique and deadly eroticism. John Dall, as a gun-obsessed sap, and Peggy Cummins, as a predatory femme fatale, play the film’s pistol-packing doomed-couple-on-the-run. Admired by the French Surrealists and by the young guns of the French New Wave (it was an inspiration for Godard’s Breathless), and an important ancestor of fugitive couple” films such as Bonnie and Clyde, Badlands, and Natural Born Killers, this offbeat, original, and utterly stylish work now stands as both cult-movie masterpiece and American cinema landmark.

Its intensity borders on the subversive and surreal … Lewis, one of the very finest B‑movie directors, is firing on all cylinders.”

Geoff Andrew, Time Out

Deliriously lusty … More than just about any noir of any era, Gun Crazy understands on a cellular level why people watch noirs, why the criminal element has such an incongruously romantic appeal.”

Andy Crump, Paste