Post War American Crime Films
|July 2012- August 2012|
|The best in world cinema is showcased in City Cinematheque. |
Hosted by Professor Jerry Carlson and co-produced with the Department of Media and communication Arts of The City College, CUNY, each film is followed by lively discussion with scholars, film professionals and critics.
Saturday & Sunday nights at 9:00 PM, repeated the following Friday night at 12:00 Midnight. Hosted by Jerry Carlson.
| The Strange Love of Martha Ivers|
(1946/U.S., 116 min., b&w, drama) Dir.: Lewis Milestone. Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Van Heflin, Kirk Douglas, Lizabeth Scott. Searing film noir about a woman with a secret who runs an industrial town and is married to the town's corrupt District Attorney. When her childhood lover makes an unexpected return visit after many years, the simmering tensions erupt to the surface with tragic results. Discussion guest: Robert Polito, The New School.
| He Walked By Night|
(1948/U.S., 79 min., b&w, crime thriller) Dir.: Alfred Werker. Cast: Richard Basehart, Scott Brady, Roy Roberts, Jack Webb. An electrical engineer is caught burglarizing a store and shoots a policeman dead. The police gradually realize they're not dealing with an ordinary criminal and enlist new methods to track him down. A police procedural with strong streaks of film noir. Co-directed by an uncredited Anthony Mann. Discussion guest: Nancy Gerstman, Zeitgeist Films.
(1950/U.S., 83 min., b&w, crime drama) Dir.: Rudolph Maté. Cast: Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, William Ching, Luther Adler. An accountant gradually learns he was fed a slow-acting lethal poison at a party during an out-of-town business trip and makes it his goal to find out who did it and why before he dies. Quintessential film noir premise of a protagonist already doomed to die, with no chance of being saved. Discussion guest: Morris Dickstein, CUNY Graduate Center.
| Kansas City Confidential|
July 28-29/Aug. 3
(1952/U.S., 98 min., b&w, crime drama) Dir.: Phil Karlson. Cast: John Payne, Coleen Gray, Preston Foster, Neville Brand, Lee Van Cleef. An ex-con in Kansas City is framed for a bank robbery and flees a police dragnet to track the real robbers down at their hideout in Mexico. Discussion guest: Leonard Quart, Cineaste.
| The Hitch-Hiker|
(1953/U.S., 71 min., b&w, crime drama) Dir.: Ida Lupino. Cast: Edmond O'Brien, William Talman, Frank Lovejoy. An escaped convict terrorizes two men on their way back from a fishing trip when he hitches a ride in their car. Film noir directed by Hollywood actress Ida Lupino. Discussion guest: Foster Hirsch, Brooklyn College.