TECHNICOLOR NOIR: CRIME FILMS IN COLOR

While technically meaning "black film" in French, as a genre film noir classics are perhaps more accurately described as post World War II crime films whose pessimism and menace cast dark shadows across America's blinding brightness. But as this series proves, film noir doesn't have to be monochromatic, as we present five noirs whose explosive color paints a bleak but exciting picture of dreams gone wrong.

"LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN"

Feb. 9, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Told in flashback, this is the extravagant story of a woman (Gene Tierney) who weds a novelist (Cornel Wilde) because of his resemblance to her dead father, and how her jealousy consumes their marriage like a three alarm fire. Forget what you know about femme fatales, Tierney's Ellen devours souls like doughnuts, a sociopath unmatched in screen history.

Presented by the Heights Theater and The Trylon Microcinema

DCP courtesy 20th Century Fox.


"CHINATOWN"

March 2, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

DIGITAL CINEMA PRESENTATION

Investigating an engineer in the LA water department, detective Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) uncovers the very worst in human behavior, exposing a nefarious plot that reaches from the lowest criminals to the loftiest politicians. Arguably the greatest film noir of all time is a damning account of American greed and lust that continues to reverberate since its release at the height of the Watergate scandal.

Presented by the Heights Theater and The Trylon Microcinema

DCP courtesy Paramount Pictures.


"REAR WINDOW"

March 9, 2017, 7:30 p.m.

35MM PRESENTATION

THIS SCREENING IS SOLD OUT!

Jeffries (James Stewart), a prize-winning photographer, has a broken leg, and sits sweating out his days spying on the neighbors from his cramped apartment. At first aghast at his pursuits, girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly) and nurse Stella (Thelma Ritter) eventually join him as he uncovers--or thinks he uncovers--a murder. This classic is at once sexy, thrilling, hilarious, and one of the most entertaining pictures the Master ever gave us.

Presented by the Heights Theater and The Trylon Microcinema

35mm print courtesy Universal Pictures.