Current & Upcoming Films
KNOCK ON ANY DOOR/EDGE OF DOOM
Saturday, May 12:
KNOCK ON ANY DOOR
Within a few short years of making this, his second feature, Nicholas Ray would establish himself as a cinematic master with films like IN A LONELY PLACE (see Saturday, May 19), ON DANGEROUS GROUND, JOHNNY GUITAR, and REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE. KNOCK ON ANY DOOR lands the director firmly in noir territory, enabling him to introduce themes and images that would come to define his work. A cynical criminal lawyer is hired to defend a young punk in a cop killing. As the punk, young John Derek gave birth to the oft-quoted line, "Live fast, die young and leave a good looking corpse." Starring Humphrey Bogart, John Derek, George Macready, Allene Roberts. Photographed by estimable Burnett Guffey. Directed by Nicholas Ray. In B&W. 35mm Studio Archive Print. 100 mins. 1949. SAT at 4:00 and 8:00
EDGE OF DOOM
Against the pitiful backdrop of a poverty-ridden slum, a young man plagued by guilt and frustration, is driven to senselessly murder a priest. With the cops closing in and his world about to go down in flames, it would appear that nothing on earth can save him. A relentlessly honest picture of the hopelessly marginalized, this excruciatingly downbeat film was completely rejected by audiences and critics alike when first released. Time has managed to diminish the negativity and today EDGE OF DOOM is seen as one of the most potent noir films of its decade---as well as one of the most radically irreligious. Starring Dana Andrews, Farley Granger, Joan Evans, Paul Stewart, Mala Powers. Photographed by Harry Stradling. Directed by Mark Robson. In B&W. 35mm Studio Archive Print. 99 mins. 1950. SAT at 2:00, 6:00, and 10:00
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