Noir City Detroit Friday – Out Of the Past and Nightfall
Friday, September 22 at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) Tickets: $10
Noir City Detroit Double Feature 1: Out of the Past (1947) and Nightfall (1957) hosted by Eddie Muller
OUT OF THE PAST
1947, 97 min., USA, Dir. Jacques Tourneur
In this quintessential film noir, small town gas station owner Jeff Bailey’s (Robert Mitchum) past catches up with him when a stranger passing through town recognizes him. Bailey tells his girlfriend Ann Miller (Virginia Huston) about his previous life via flashback, of course. Jeff was a private eye who fell for the gangster’s moll (Jane Greer) that he was supposed to find for her lover Whit Sterling (Kirk Douglas). She’d allegedly stolen $40,000 from Whit and he wanted her and the dough back. As in all good noirs, nothing is really as it seems. Watch for future noir siren Rhonda Fleming as a duplicitous secretary. Based on Geoffrey Homes’ excellent pulp novel Build My Gallows High and shot by legendary cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca.
1957, 79 min., USA, Dir. Jacques Tourneur
One of the last true noirs of the classic era, this often-overlooked gem, based on a novel by noir legend David Goodis, features terrific direction from Tourneur and stunning cinematography by Burnett Guffey. Aldo Ray plays an artist whose life goes permanently haywire when fate interrupts a winter hunting trip. From then on, it’s life on the run, dozens of double-crosses, crazy killers on his trail, lots of de rigeur flashbacks, and a young Anne Bancroft decked out in sequins and lace.