April 13, 2010

Brokaw's "Killer Movies" at the 92nd St. Y


By Kurt Brokaw, Culture Editor

"Our fourth season continues to explore the most important and lost films noirs made in the 1940s and 50s. Chances are you've never seen 'Reckless Moment,' 'Human Desire,' or 'The City That Never Sleeps.' This is the deeper, darker side of film noir, and we view excellent video prints taken up big with a video projector. Informative intros preceed and excellent discussions follow each screening."

Course Description: "Killer Movies IV: More Lost Films Noirs".

Begins Tuesday, Feb. 6, 7:00-9:30 p.m. for 8 sessions $195 #LH3MD05-01
92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue @ 92nd Street

Return to the lost world of film noir, focusing on additional 1940s and '50s crime dramas rarely seen in video stores or film retrospectives. Discuss the authors, novels and screenplays, casts and directors. View clips from defining noirs.

Introduction to Film Noir
We define the essence of 40s/50s noir. View scenes from I Wake Up Screaming, Devil Thumbs A Ride, HIs Kind of Woman, The Man I Love, The Hitch-hiker, Private Hell 36i, The Enforcer, Crime of Passion, Rogue Cop, The Web, The Dark Mirror, Gilda, Murder My Sweet, Reign of Terror, Man in The Dark, Crashout, Un Flic (Dirty Money), and Femme Fatale.


This Gun For Hire
Graham Greene's 1936 novel, reconfigured into a defining, support-the-War-effort 1942 noir. Drop-dead blond Veronica Lake partners Alan Ladd, noir's first tragically flawed hero.


Reckless Moment
The 1949 homemaker redefined: Joan Bennett protects her daughter and is drawn to a smooth black-mailer (James Mason) in Max Ophuls'
lost, seminal noir of trust and betrayal.


Night And The City
Club singer Gene Tierney can't save her smarmy London hustler (Richard Widmark at his snarling peak as a wrestling promoter) in Jules Dassin's classic 1950 drama of broken dreams in Soho.


The City That Never Sleeps
Top B pros Marie Windsor, Gig Young and Mala Powers drive this rare thriller set and filmed in--you guessed it, Chicago.


Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye
Remember James Cagney, the mother-fixated gangster in "White Heat"? Here's Cagney's ferocious and lost 1950 sequel, from Horace McCoy's peerless crime novel.


Human Desire
Emile Zola's 1890 novel of railroad romances becomes Fritz Lang's powerhouse 1954 noir. Gloria Grahame (noir's #1 wrong-side-
of-the-tracks tramp) plays Glenn Ford against Broderick Crawford.


They Shoot Horses Don't They?
The French literati called Horace McCoy's 1934 tale of marathon dances "the first 'American existential novel." The blistering 1969 neo-noir stars Jane Fonda, Michael Sarrazin, Gig Young.

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