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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(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 7:30See More
(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 7:30See More
(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 7:30See More
(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 7:30See More