INTO THE SHADOWS: RKO NOIR

During the Golden Age of Hollywood, each studio had its own distinctive cinematic personality, a style of filmmaking unique to that brand that moviegoers could count on with every picture. While many of the studios presented optimistic stories during World War II and bright Technicolor in its aftermath, RKO embraced the darkness, producing some of the greatest films noir in cinema history.

"MURDER, MY SWEET"

Feb. 1, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

Arguably the best cinematic adaptation of a Raymond Chandler novel (and certainly the most faithful), Edward Dmytryk's Murder, My Sweet (based on Farewell, My Lovely) stars Dick Powell as perhaps the most cynical, world-weary gumshoe ever committed to film. "Since the '40s, countless mystery and neo-noir films have been made in Hollywood and around the world. Murder, My Sweet is what they all aspire to be." --film critic Alison Dalzell

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon Cinema


"STRANGER ON THE THIRD FLOOR"

Feb. 8, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

Called "the first true film noir" for its bleak, dreamlike setting, and its use of German expressionism to convey its insane, paranoid story, The Stranger on the Third Floor is a nearly forgotten classic. When an ambitious reporter fingers an innocent cabdriver in a brutal throat-slashing murder, his conscience--and the real killer--begin to assault his sanity.

35mm print courtesy The Library of Congress.

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon Cinema


"CAT PEOPLE"

Feb. 15, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

When faced with using idiotic cat costumes in his movie about a woman who turns into a killer feline, producer Val Lewton famously hid the beast in the shadows, capitalizing on our fear of the dark and unknown, and creating a look and feel for these horror/noir hybrids that would influence movies forever.

35mm print courtesy The Library of Congress.

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon Cinema


"THEY LIVE BY NIGHT"

Feb. 22, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

Argued (by critic David Thomson) to be the greatest directorial debut after Citizen Kane, this crime thriller launched Nicholas Ray's career, despite studio indifference. The story of a desperate crime spree and the teenage lovers at its center--escaped convict Bowie (Farley Granger) and Keechie (Cathy O'Donnell)--was so intensely emotional that it was shelved for two years by RKO (and its new owner Howard Hughes.) Finally, in 1949, They Live By Night was released to decent reviews and terrible box office, but has since been heralded as a classic.

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon Cinema


"THE WINDOW"

March 1, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

This strange and at times beautiful noir examines the fears of children - here a boy (Driscoll) whose fanciful lies keep him from being believed after he's witnessed a murder. Director Tetzlaff learned plenty as a cinematographer fopr Alfred Hitchcock, crafting a stunning child's-eye view of poverty, deception and crime.

This very rare 35mm presentation is a European film print that is in English with French subtitles

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon Cinema


"THE NARROW MARGIN"

March 8, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

When detectives Brown and Forbes are assigned to escort gun moll Mrs. Frankie Neall from Chicago to Los Angeles to testify in a murder trial, they get a lot more than they bargained for on a train whose passengers include hitmen intent on eliminating their target... and anyone who gets in their way. Claustrophobic and shocking in its sudden violence, The Narrow Margin is a noir masterpiece.

35mm print courtesy Warner Bros.

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon Cinema


"SUDDEN FEAR"

March 15, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Joan Crawford plays a driven playwright Myra Hudson, who rejects actor Lester Blaine (Jack Palance) for her newest production. The odious Lester seduces Myra and lands the role... to the chagrin of Lester's real love Irene (the icy Gloria Grahame, perfect as usual.)

DCP courtesy The Cohen Film Group.

Presented by The Heights Theater and The Trylon Cinema