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DAUGHTER OF FILM NOIR

January 31 - March 7 at the Heights

The femme fatale is a key figure in film noir. But there is also another type of film noir female: the fille fatale. She can be a cunning girl bent on destroying her parents or a loving daughter whose keen eye exposes dark family secrets. The Heights Theater and Trylon Roadshow present five classics featuring this normally overlooked cinematic character.

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Past Films in this Series

Starts Thu, January 31

THE BAD SEED

(1956, 35mm, 129m) dir Mervin LeRoy w/Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones. Little Rhoda, seemingly a paragon of childhood innocence, is really a deranged sociopath who blazes a trail of bodies that includes children, drunks, and the elderly. $10 7:30

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Starts Thu, February 7

THE BIG SLEEP

(1946, 35mm, 114m) dir Howard Hawks w/Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely. Bogart and Bacall's offscreen romance may fuel this film’s fire, but the convoluted tale (involving gambling, blackmail, murder, and organized crime) turns on the machinations of General Sternwood's daughter Carmen—an especially nasty fille fatale who suffers from a chilling case of nihilism. William Faulkner co-wrote the screenplay, and even he couldn’t explain the plot. $10 7:30

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Starts Thu, February 21

THE CURSE OF THE CAT PEOPLE

(1944, 35mm, 70m) dir Gunther von Fritsch and Robert Wise w/Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Jane Randolph. Rather than being a sequel to Cat People, this one is a paranormal children's noir. Amy is a troubled child, prone to daydreaming, who befriends her father's deceased former wife in the family’s snow-covered backyard. $10   7:30

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Starts Thu, February 28

MILDRED PIERCE

(1945, 35mm, 111m) dir Michael Curtiz w/Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott. Though named for its heroine, Mildred Pierce is driven by the insidious Veda, Mildred's daughter, one of the most avaricious and calculating young women in noir history. Veda manipulates her hardworking mother without a drop of compassion in her black soul. $10 7:30

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Starts Thu, March 7

SHADOW OF A DOUBT

(1943, 35mm, 108m) dir Alfred Hitchcock w/Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, Macdonald Carey. Hitchcock’s favorite among all his films, Shadow of a Doubt focuses on the urbane Uncle Charlie (Cotten), who returns to visit his sister and Charlie (Wright), the niece who idolizes him. Slowly, young Charlie discovers terrible secrets about her uncle, who seems to harbor a seething hatred of rich women. $10 7:30

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