Current & Upcoming Films
UNE SI JOLIE PETITE PLAGE (Such A Pretty Little Beach)/DETOUR/THE PRETENDER
Sunday, May 13:
UNE SI JOLIE PETITE PLAGE (Such A Pretty Little Beach)
Pervasively doom-laden from its opening moments, this masterpiece of maudit cinema has been described as "the missing link between the French thrillers of the thirties and the nouvelle vague." A cold and rainy beach town is the setting for the grim exploits of a cast of characters which seems to have wandered out of the pages of a never-written novel by David Goodis. A haunted young man has returned to this godforsaken place after fifteen years, harboring a deadly secret. Brilliantly forlorn and totally French, this is a film ripe for rediscovery by American audiences hungry for strong meat. Starring Gerard Phillipe, Madeleine Robinson, Jean Servais, Andre Valmy. Photographed by Henri Anekan. Directed by Yves Allegret. In B&W. Presented in high quality DIGITAL. In French, with English subtitles. 91 mins. 1949. SUN at 3:00 and 8:00
The absolute ultimate in Poverty Row perfection and a stone cold classic noir. Al Roberts is an out-of-work piano player who hitchhikes from New York to L.A. to be with his girl. What he finds instead out on that lonely stretch of California highway is Vera, a consumptive predator who feeds on chumps like Roberts. A film worth revisiting countless times, lest its lessons go unlearned. "Yes. Fate, or some mysterious force, can put the finger on you or me for no good reason at all." 'Nuff said. Starring Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Edmund MacDonald. Photographed by Benjamin Kline. Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. In B&W. Presented in high quality DIGITAL from a 35mm print. 69 mins. 1945. Shown with the half-hour TV noir episode "The Red Dress" starring Tom Neal and Ann Savage! 1952. SUN at 4:45 and 9:45
Back by popular demand; this Poverty Row stunner was one of the sensations of our 2009 series! A visually dazzling picture about A corrupt financier arranges for the murder of his romantic rival only to have the deadly circumstances of his crime hurtle him into a black vortex of fear! A visually dazzling and boldly experimental film, it mixes equal measures of suspense and the supernatural---it was one of the first Hollywood films to feature a theramin-dominated score, courtesy of Paul Dessau! A nocturnal gem from Billy Wilder's unjustly lesser-known older brother, photographed to the hilt by the phenomenal John Alton! Starring Albert Dekker, Catherine Craig, Linda Stirling. Directed by W. Lee Wilder. In B&W. 16mm print. 69 mins. 1947. SUN at 1:30 and 6:30
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