Film noir month at Cinematheque
Barbara Stanwyck comes to Vancouver the way nature intended this weekend—over 20 feet tall and smouldering.
A restored version of the 1944 Stanwyck-Fred MacMurray classic Double Indemnity plays as part of a special long-weekend film-noir triple bill at the Cinematheque on Sunday (August 3), along with The Maltese Falcon and Mildred Pierce. (Twenty-foot Joan Crawford! Argh!!)
The downtown film society is bringing 12 of the genre’s most hard-boiled works back to the big screen, with The Postman Always Rings Twice, Niagara, The Lady From Shanghai, and Gun Crazy among the acknowledged masterworks. But the month-long series also offers some lesser known gems, chief among them Joseph H. Lewis’s 1948 France-set So Dark the Night—after which the Cinematheque’s series is named.
“It has more cinematic ideas per square foot of screen than any number of contemporary A-features,” wrote Time Out’s Tony Rayns of the microbudgeted wonder. “This is what Lewis is all about.”
See the full program here.
Watch the trailer for Gun Crazy