NOIR CITY Detroit Double Feature 3 – The Lady from Shanghai & Woman on the Run
Sunday, Sept. 25 starting at 3 p.m. $10 for both films
Hosted by "Czar of Noir" Eddie Muller, founder and president of the Film Noir Foundation -- the third of three programs devoted to the 1940s/1950s crime and detective thrillers known as film noir. All shown in stunning 35mm film prints.
The Lady from Shanghai
1948, Columbia Pictures [Sony Pictures Classics]. 86 min.
Screenplay and direction by Orson Welles.
With Rita Hayworth, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane, Glenn Anders, Ted de Corsia
Welles’ dazzling and dizzying adaptation of Sherwood King’s novel If I Die Before I Wake takes the classic femme fatale tale to globe-spanning lengths and hallucinatory heights. Hard-luck Irish seaman Michael O’Hara (Welles) eagerly tumbles into the net of gorgeous and mysterious Elsa Bannister (Hayworth) only to find himself caught in the murderous conspiracies of her viperous cohorts. Welles took Columbia’s money and improvised a brilliant, chaotic 155-minute noir epic, which studio editor Viola Lawrence pruned to 86 feverish minutes. What remained was one of the most startlingly inventive crime films ever released.
Woman on the Run
1950, Fidelity Pictures [UCLA | Film Noir Foundation]. 77 min.
Directed by Norman Foster. Screenplay by Alan Campbell and Norman Foster.
With Ann Sheridan, Dennis O’Keefe, Robert Keith
San Franciscan Frank Johnson goes into hiding after witnessing a gangland execution. Police bird-dog his wife Eleanor (Sheridan), certain she’ll lead them to her husband whose testimony against the killer could bring down a crime kingpin. But Eleanor and her hubbie are Splitsville— in fact, she never wants to see him again. Enter roguish newspaperman Danny Leggett (O’Keefe), who charms Mrs. Johnson into helping him track down her recondite husband—with unexpected, stunning, and poignant results. This nervy, shot-on-location thriller is a witty and wise look at the travails of romance and marriage, and perhaps the best cinematic depiction ever of mid-20th century San Francisco. Completely restored by the Film Noir Foundation in conjunction with UCLA Film & Television Archive. Special thanks to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s Charitable Trust (The HFPA Trust) and the British Film Institute.