Film Noir Double Feature

35mm restorations of two incredible film noir films, presented by the Czar of Noir; Eddie Muller.

THE PROWLER (1951) Joseph Losey’s greatest American film, from a script by legendary screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, is resurrected in all its bleak splendor in this 35mm restoration by the UCLA Film & Television Archive, funded by the Film Noir Foundation. Desperate, materialistic cop Webb Garwood (Heflin) stalks a lonely, affluent Los Angeles housewife (Keyes) and decides to win her love in time-honored noir tradition: by knocking off her husband. Intense performances by the two leads drive this daring Cain-style tale of adultery, daring and disturbing for its time. This is a don’t-miss-it opportunity to see one of the rarest – and most unusual – of all films noir in its original 35mm glory!

THE BITTER STEMS (LOS TALLOS AMARGOS) (1956) This brilliant noir won Argentina’s Silver Condor Award as the best film of 1956 – yet it remains unknown in the rest of the world. Which is a crime, because this is one of the best noir-drenched crime films of the 1950s – maybe ever. A Buenos Aires newspaper reporter (Carlos Cores) partners in a correspondence-school scam with a clever Hungarian (Vassili Lambrinos). But as suspicions rise about the Hungarian’s true motives, one man is driven to commit the perfect crime – with stunning and tragic results. Featuring an inventive score by Astor Piazzolla, the greatest Argentine musician of the twentieth century. Presented in a brand new, completely restored 35mm print from the UCLA Film & Television Archive, with funding provided by the Film Noir Foundation and Hollywood Foreign Press Charitable Trust.


Sunday, September 18