Current & Upcoming Films
THE BIG COMBO/HOLLOW TRIUMPH
Friday, May 11:
THE BIG COMBO
A sadistic crime boss mixes it up with a hard-nosed cop in a nerve-wracking tale of obsession and revenge. Coming nearly at the end of the noir cycle, this seminal film is a stylish blend of traditional noir themes and images with an increasing tendency toward modern violence and brutality. It doesn't hurt either that John Alton, the premier noir cinematographer shot it, providing us all with further incontrovertible evidence of his mastery of light and shadow. Ripe with homoerotic undertones, unsettling and ultimately exhilarating, THE BIG COMBO reigns as one of noir's most staggering achievements! Starring Cornel Wilde, Richard Conte, Jean Wallace, Brian Donlevy, Helen Walker, Lee Van Cleef, Earl Holliman. Photographed by John Alton. Directed by Joseph H. Lewis. In B&W. Restored 35mm Print courtesy of the UCLA Film Archives. 89 mins. 1955. FRIDAY at 8:00 and 11:30 pm late show!
HOLLOW TRIUMPH (aka THE SCAR)
After a carefully planned heist goes haywire, a cunning gangster goes on the lam. When he encounters a prominent psychologist who is his exact double, an insidious and deadly plan is hatched. A top-notch B noir, sizzling with unexpected plot twists and the stunning cinematography of John Alton. Starring Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett, Edward Franz. Directed by Steve Sekely. B&W. 16mm. 83 mins. 1948.
6:10 and 9:45.
NOTE: This film is replacing I, THE JURY which has unexpectedly become unavailable to us.
THE BIG COMBO: Preservation Funded by The Film Foundation
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