NOIR CITY Detroit Double Feature 1 – The Killers & 99 River Street

Friday, Sept. 23 starting at 7 p.m. $10 for both films

Hosted by "Czar of Noir" Eddie Muller, founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation -- the first of three programs devoted to the 1940s/1950s crime and detective thrillers known as film noir. All shown in stunning 35mm film prints.

The Killers
1946, Universal Pictures. 105 min.
Directed by Robert Siodmak. Screenplay by Anthony Veiller (John Huston and Richard Brooks, uncredited).
With Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O’Brien, Sam Jaffe
This landmark film is often called the Citizen Kane of the Hollywood noir movement. Like Kane, it starts with a death (all that’s left of the famous 1927 Ernest Hemingway short story upon which it’s based) and backtracks through a spellbinding saga of interwoven stories to reveal the lust, lies, and betrayal that caused a man to invite his own execution. At the center of this whirlwind of double-crosses are white hot stars-to-be Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner—perhaps the sexiest pairing ever in film noir. Presented in a restored 35mm print with a remastered soundtrack finally doing full justice to Miklós Rózsa’s lush, haunting score.

99 River Street
1953, United Artists [Park Circus]. 83 min.
Directed by Phil Karlson. Screenplay by Robert Smith and George Zuckerman.
With John Payne, Evelyn Keyes, Brad Dexter, Peggie Castle, Frank Faylen
Ernie Driscoll (Payne) once had a shot at the heavyweight crown, but now he drives a cab and can barely hold on to his hot-to-trot wife (Castle). When she gets thick with a gang of thieves, it’s Ernie who ends up on the hot seat. A flighty actress craving the Broadway lights (Evelyn Keyes) is his only ally, using all her wiles to bust him free of a deadly frame-up. A damn-near perfect 1950s crime saga, perhaps the signature film of slam-bang director Phil Karlson.

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