NOIR CITY Detroit Double Feature 2 – Double Indemnity & The Prowler
Saturday, Sept. 24 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 second of three programs devoted to the 1940s/1950s crime and detective thrillers known as film noir. All shown in stunning 35mm film prints.
1944, Paramount [Universal]. 106 min.
Directed by Billy Wilder. Screenplay by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, from the novel by James M. Cain.
With Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson
The ne plus ultra of noir. Cain’s follow-up to his seminal 1934 novel The Postman Always Rings Twice made it to the screen first, thanks to the savvy showmanship and creative élan of Billy Wilder, who was determined to out-do Hitchcock’s mastery of suspense—while testing the limits of Hollywood’s Production Code. This classic tale of illicit lovers who plot murder for profit was nominated for seven Oscars®. From Chandler’s stinging dialogue to John Seitz’s stunning cinematography to Miklós Rózsa’s doom-laden score, to the archetypal performances of the three leads—Double Indemnity has been often imitated, but never equaled.
1951, Horizon Pictures [Ivy Films | UCLA | Film Noir Foundation]. 92 min.
Directed by Joseph Losey, screenplay by Dalton Trumbo (Hugo Butler, front)
With Van Heflin, Evelyn Keyes, John Maxwell
Joseph Losey’s greatest American film, from a script by legendary screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, is resurrected in all its bleak splendor in this 35mm restoration by UCLA Film & Television Archive, funded by the Film Noir Foundation. Desperate, materialistic cop Webb Garwood (Heflin) stalks a lonely, affluent Los Angeles housewife (Keyes) and decides to win her love in time-honored noir tradition: by knocking off her husband. Intense performances by the two leads drive this daring Cain-style tale of adultery, daring and disturbing for its time.