Out Of The Past
Thursday 2 November @ 6.00pm | Arc Cinema| $16/13
1947 | CTC | 97 mins| USA | D: Jacques Tourneur
This haunting masterpiece gives Robert Mitchum one of his finest roles as a trench-coated private eye who becomes entangled with a smiling villain (Kirk Douglas) and a frightened and dangerous woman (Jane Greer at her career best). Tourneur gradually goes beyond the mechanics of the plot to focus on the deepening anguish of these frightened, vulnerable people, trapped in a web of deceit and betrayal from which there seems to be no escape. The result is an intensely moving tragedy that far transcends the “film noir” genre. Tourneur is brilliantly aided by Nick Musuraca’s photography which adds new dimensions to the darkness of night. Don McPherson in Time Out talked about the “otherworldliness” of Tourneur’s direction and concluded: “Once seen, never forgotten.” Indeed!
Preceded by KALEIDOSCOPE (3 mins)