Film Noir

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Film Noir Classics: OUT OF THE PAST

| 1947 | 97 Minutes | |
Directed by Jacques Tourneur

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Guest Introduction by Paul Karasik. A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames.     Paul Karasik has selected three films…

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Film Noir Classics: THE KILLERS

| 1946 | 102 Minutes | |
Directed by Robert Siodmak

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Guest Introduction by Paul Karasik. The Killers, directed by Robert Siodmak, who received an Academy Award nomination, has long been considered the quintessential noir film: a character study of one man, Swede (Burt Lancaster), who because of betrayal and the love for a woman, Kitty Collins (Ava Gardner) has lost the will…

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Film Noir Classics: SCARLET STREET

| 1945 | 101 Minutes | |
Directed by Fritz Lang

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Guest Introduction by Paul Karasik. In this powerful film noir, a lonely cashier who is an amateur painter lets a beautiful woman believe that he is a wealthy artist. She uses him badly, pretending that his paintings are her creations. But when he finds her in the arms of her con-man lover,…

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Classic Film Night: SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS

| 1957 | 96 minutes | | ,
Directed by: Alexander Mackendrick

Rediscovered Noir New Yorker cartoonist, Paul Karasik has chosen three great examples of Film Noir that are even better shown on the BIG screen at the MV Film Center– DOUBLE INDEMNITY, IN A LONELY PLACE, and  SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS. SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS features the fast-talking Tony Curtis as a hungry…

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Classic Film Night: IN A LONELY PLACE

| 1950 | 93 minutes | | , , ,
Directed by Nicholas Ray

Rediscovered Noir New Yorker cartoonist, Paul Karasik has chosen three great examples of Film Noir that are even better shown on the BIG screen at the MV Film Center– DOUBLE INDEMNITY, IN A LONELY PLACE, and SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS. IN A LONELY PLACE may feature Humphrey Bogart’s greatest performance. If you…

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Classic Film Night: DOUBLE INDEMNITY

| 1944 | 107 minutes | |
Directed by Billy Wilder

Rediscovered Noir New Yorker cartoonist, Paul Karasik has chosen three great examples of Film Noir that are even better shown on the BIG screen at the MV Film Center– DOUBLE INDEMNITY, IN A LONELY PLACE, and SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS. DOUBLE INDEMNITY seethes with lust and vengeance, featuring Fred MacMurray and the sultry…

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THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE

| 1976 | 135 mins | | ,
John Cassavetes

John Cassavetes takes a contemporary film noir turn (which he would return to in Gloria) after exploring domestic melodrama in A Woman Under the Influence with The Killing of a Chinese Bookie. Ben Gazzara plays Cosmo Vitelli, the owner of a sleazy Los Angeles strip joint, who loses $20,000 at a mob…

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midnight@ten series: TOUCH OF EVIL (Restored Director’s Cut)

| 1958 | 111 mins | | , ,
Orson Welles

Annette Insdorf – film scholar and author will be joining us on Saturday, July 27th screening of TOUCH OF EVIL for a special introduction. Ms. Insdorf is Director of Undergraduate Film Studies at Columbia University, and a Professor in the Graduate Film Division of the School of the Arts (for which she…

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THE KILLING – early Stanley Kubrick

| 1956 | 83 mins | | ,
Stanley Kubrick

The Killing was director Stanley Kubrick’s first major film effort — though, like Kubrick’s earlier films, it was economically produced with an inexpensive cast. In a variation of his Asphalt Jungle role, Sterling Hayden plays veteran criminal Johnny Clay, planning one last big heist before settling down to a respectable marriage with…