DAUGHTER OF FILM NOIR

One of the key elements of film noir is the presence of the femme fatale, the deadly woman who lures unsuspecting gumshoes to their doom. But there was also an element of film noir concerned with another type of female: daughters, either cunning and vicious girls hell-bent on wrecking their parents, or loving daughters whose brilliance and keen eye expose another family member's dark secrets. The Heights Theater and Trylon Roadshow present five classics featuring this overlooked cinematic character, the fille fatale. Don't miss these rare screenings!

"THE BAD SEED"

Jan. 31, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

Little Rhoda, seemingly a paragon of childhood innocence, is really a deranged sociopath, whose trail of bodies includes children, drunks and the elderly. Director Mervyn LeRoy was known for his hard-boiled crime classics, and brings that sensibility to bear on this intense thriller about a child serial killer that was years ahead of its time.

35mm print courtesy Warner Brothers.

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon Cinema


"THE BIG SLEEP"

Feb. 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

Writers Leigh Brackett and William Faulkner turned Raymond Chandler's brooding crime novel into a screwball noir that was an instant classic. Bogart and Bacall's romance is the fuel for this fire, but it's easy to forget that the famously convoluted story hinges on the evil machinations of General Sternwood's daughter Carmen, a young, creepy, and utterly disturbing femme fatale whose nihilism is so chilling it's almost hard to watch.

35mm print courtesy Warner Brothers.

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon cinema


"CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE"

Feb. 21, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

Less a sequel to Cat People, and more a paranormal children's noir that is unlike virtually anything Hollywood has ever made, Curse of the Cat People is at once thrilling, chilling and heartbreaking. Amy is a troubled child, prone to daydreaming, who begins a friendship with her father's deceased former wife, appearing in their snow-covered backyard. Psychologically complex, at times painful, gorgeous to behold, this underrated noir deserves to be appreciated on the Heights' silver screen.

35mm print courtesy LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon Cinema


"SHADOW OF A DOUBT"

March 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

Hitchcock claimed that this was his favorite of his many classics, and we would be hard pressed to disagree. Simultaneously sweet and poisonous, Shadow of Doubt is the story the urbane Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotten, never more bitter) who returns to his small hometown to visit his sister and especially young Charlie, (Teresa Wright, perfect as the bored teen) the niece who idolizes him. That is, until she discovers some terrible secrets lurking behind the dapper Uncle who seems to harbor a seething hatred of rich women. Wright and Cotten are in perfect synch with one another, creating a strange chemistry that will not soon be forgotten.

35mm print courtesy Universal Pictures

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon cinema


"MILDRED PIERCE"

Feb. 28, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

Though it's named for its eponymous heroine, Mildred Pierce is driven by insidious Veda, Mildred's daughter, and one of the most greedy young women in noir history. Seemingly driven to wealth and its trappings since birth, Veda manipulates her hard-working mother to give her everything, without a drop of compassion in her black soul. Mildred Pierce won Joan Crawford a well-deserved Oscar, but Ann Blyth is captivating as the poisonous daughter.

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon Cinema