Current & Upcoming Films
THE STRANGE ONE/SOMETHING WILD
NOT NECESSARILY NOIR
Sunday & Monday, August 22 & 23
THE STRANGE ONE
Ben Gazzara makes his feature film debut in this sensational homo-eroticized film (it was the director’s debut, too) as Jocko DeParis, a dangerous young sociopath whose sadistically vicious manipulation of his fellow military school cadets helped create one of the 50s most seriously “adult” films. Strong early performances from George Peppard and Pat Hingle. Jazz ace Kenyon Hopkins (The Hustler) composed the nervous score and the brilliant black & white cinematography comes compliments of Burnett Guffey. Calder Willingham adapted the screenplay from his own best-selling novel. Directed by the enigmatic Jack Garfein. In B&W. 35mm Studio Print. 100 mins. 1957. SUN at 4:00 & 8:00; MON at 8:00 only!
Garfein’s second (and only other) feature film stars the director’s then wife, the ravishing Carroll Baker as a rape victim who flees home after her family and her neighbors callously cast her under a veil of rejection. Living on the outer edges of New York’s urban squalor, she enters into an uneasy relationship with a mechanic (brilliantly played by Kiss Me Deadly star Ralph Meeker) with emotional problems of his own. Stunning black & white cinematography by Eugen Schufftan (Eyes Without A Face, The Hustler). Aaron Copland composed the memorable score and the innovative Saul Bass designed one of his most divertingly original title sequences. Method Noir of the highest order! Co-starring Mildred Dunnock, Martin Kosleck, Jean Stapleton. Directed by Jack Garfein. In B&W. 35mm Studio Print. 112 mins. 1961. SUN at 2:00, 6:00 & 10:00; MON at 6:00 & 10:00
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