When faced with using idiotic cat costumes in his movie about a woman who turns into a killer feline, producer Val Lewton famously hid the beast in the shadows, capitalizing on our fear of the dark and unknown, and creating a look and feel for these horror/noir hybrids that would influence movies forever.
Could there possibly be a more romantic comedy than Frank Capra's classic IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT, and could there possibly be a more romantic way for a movie lover to celebrate Valentine's Day? We think Not! In this groundbreaking screwball comedy, a spoiled heiress (Claudette Colbert) running away from her family is helped by a man (Clark Gable) who is actually a reporter in need of a story.
A Hitchcock screwball comedy? Believe it. Lombard and Montgomery play one of the most cantankerous couples in Hollywood history. They think they’ve been wed for three years—only to discover that the marriage isn’t legal.
Arguably the best cinematic adaptation of a Raymond Chandler novel (and certainly the most faithful), Edward Dmytryk's Murder, My Sweet (based on Farewell, My Lovely) stars Dick Powell as perhaps the most cynical, world-weary gumshoe ever committed to film. "Since the '40s, countless mystery and neo-noir films have been made in Hollywood and around the world. Murder, My Sweet is what they all aspire to be." --film critic Alison Dalzell
Called "the first true film noir" for its bleak, dreamlike setting, and its use of German expressionism to convey its insane, paranoid story, The Stranger on the Third Floor is a nearly forgotten classic. When an ambitious reporter fingers an innocent cabdriver in a brutal throat-slashing murder, his conscience--and the real killer--begin to assault his sanity.
Joan Crawford is never better as the driven playwright Myra Hudson, who rejects actor Lester Blaine (Jack Palance) for her newest production. The odious Lester seduces Myra and lands the role... to the chagrin of Lester's real love Irene (the icy Gloria Grahame, perfect as usual.) This melodrama about Broadway and a deadly love triangle is beautifully acted and unlike any film noir you'll see.
If you haven’t seen the original Man Who Knew Too Much, you owe it to yourself to catch this rare screening. Lorre is on hand to make this one the darker and nastier of Hitchcock’s two versions.
When detectives Brown and Forbes are assigned to escort gun moll Mrs. Frankie Neall from Chicago to Los Angeles to testify in a murder trial, they get a lot more than they bargained for on a train whose passengers include hitmen intent on eliminating their target... and anyone who gets in their way. Claustrophobic and shocking in its sudden violence, The Narrow Margin is a noir masterpiece.
PG-13Language and brief war violence.
Steven Spielberg directs Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in The Post, a thrilling drama about the unlikely partnership between The Washington Post’s Katharine Graham (Streep), the first female publisher of a major American newspaper, and editor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to expose a massive cover-up of government secrets that spanned three decades and four U.S. Presidents. The two must overcome their differences as they risk their careers – and their very freedom – to help bring long-buried truths to light. The Post marks the first time Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg have collaborated on a project. In addition to directing, Spielberg produces along with Amy Pascal and Kristie Macosko Krieger. The script was written by Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, and the film features an acclaimed ensemble cast including Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford and Zach Woods.
This strange and, at times, beautiful noir examines the fear and paranoia of children, in this case a storytelling boy whose fanciful lies keep him from being believed when he witnesses a shocking murder. Director Ted Tetzlaff was a cinematographer for Hitchcock and learned plenty from the Master of Suspense, here crafting a stunning child's-eye look at poverty, deception, and crime whose final scenes are wrought with sheer terror.
This rare European 35mm print includes French subtitles.
Argued (by critic David Thomson) to be the greatest directorial debut after Citizen Kane, this crime thriller launched Nicholas Ray's career, despite studio indifference. The story of a desperate crime spree and the teenage lovers at its center--escaped convict Bowie (Farley Granger) and Keechie (Cathy O'Donnell)--was so intensely emotional that it was shelved for two years by RKO (and its new owner Howard Hughes.) Finally, in 1949, They Live By Night was released to decent reviews and terrible box office, but has since been heralded as a classic.
Newly retired San Francisco police detective “Scottie” Ferguson (Stewart) is hired by a former college acquaintance to investigate the strange behavior of his wife, Madeleine (Novak). This masterly study of identity and obsession is even more compelling when seen in lush 70mm.