Fall Films 2017

Films, Some Noir: In the Shadows


September 15:

Notorious (1946) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock.  Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains (101 min) 35mm

A woman’s tainted reputation as a heedless party girl makes her vulnerable to coercion; forced to spy on malingering Nazis in Rio.  Bergman’s sizzle and Cary Grant’s disquieting charm jigsaw with crackerjack plotting and spectacular camerawork into one of Hitchcock’s best. “The film’s thriller format and romantic story (achieve) dizzying, expressive and unique effect... A great film. (Time Out). Film notes for Notorious

October 6:

Sudden Fear (1952) Directed by David Miller.  Joan Crawford, Jack Palance, Gloria Graham (111 min) DCP Restoration

A successful middle aged female playwright falls madly in love with a struggling actor, who turns out not to be a dreamboat, but a predator.  Nominated for Oscars for Crawford, Palance as well as costumes and stunning San Francisco cinematography, this rediscovered noir masterpiece contains one of Crawford’s fiercest performances. “Like many underrecognized treasures, David Miller’s Sudden Fear fits into and defies different genres, its convention-scrambling partly the result of the fact that the film looks both forward and back” (Village Voice). Film notes for Sudden Fear

October 13:

Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) Directed by Robert Wiene.  Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Lil Dagover

Dr. Caligari exhibits a ghostly sleepwalker in a carnival, just as a series of terrifying murders erupt.  The stark Expressionism of the twisted alleys and jagged buildings haunt this pioneering horror film, both a world cinema landmark, and a menacing foreshadowing of World War II.  “The most famous and influential work of the German expressionist cinema…A one-of-a-kind masterpiece (Chicago Reader). Live music by the Mallarme Chamber Players. Film Notes for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

October 20:

Dead Again (1991) Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Derek Jacobi  (107 min)  R  35mm from UNCSA

A shabby LA PI is sucked into an amnesiac’s nightmares about a 1940s murder case.  This underrated thriller channels Hitchcock’s dread and obsessions, meshing melodrama and wry wit, spiraling between now and a past—shot in film noir black and white. “It puts the fun back into suspending your disbelief…by the end, Dead Again accomplishes what few contemporary thrillers do: It truly thrills” (Entertainment Weekly). Film Notes for Dead Again

November 3:

Lured (1947) Directed by Douglas Sirk.  Lucille Ball, George Sanders, Boris Karloff (102 min) DCP Restoration

In the murky London fog, beautiful girls are being murdered after replying to the personals, and a chorine (Ball in her glamour puss days) is the bait to catch a killer.  Is it the purring playboy or the cuckoo couturier or…?  “Lured is a delicious plum pudding of a cult movie dating from before the term was used to describe that tangy sector of pop culture heaven” (TCM.com). Film notes for Lured

November 11

Panique (1946) Directed by Julien Duvivier. Michel Simon, Viviane Romance, Max Dalban (91 min). In French with English subtitles. DCP Restoration

A shy loner, missing no detail in his urban neighborhood, is victimized by a murderer when he observes his crime.  Based on a novel by master mystery writer Georges Simenon, Duvivier uses France’s postwar malaise over collaboration to craft a film of heartbreaking betrayal.   “A dark and compelling film, chilling to the bone, long little-seen but now widely accepted as a neglected classic (LA Times).  Film notes for Panique

December 8:

Mahogany (1975) Directed by Berry Gordy.  Diana Ross, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Perkins (109 min).  PG 35mm print from UNCSA

A skinny gal from the Chicago ‘hood dreams of becoming an international fashion designer. She juggles her ambitions with her love for a sexy local politico in this camp classic.   Ross designed the disco fabulous clothes, and sings the Oscar nominated “Do You Know Where You’re Going To?”  "Mahogany" is a big, lush, messy soap opera… Why should it have to make sense?” (Roger Ebert). Film notes for Mahogany


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Introductions are by Film Curator Laura Boyes unless otherwise noted.

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c.moviedivaSeptember 2017