Stars In My Crown
Sunday 5 November @ 3.30pm | Arc Cinema| $16/13
1950 | CTC | 89 mins| USA | D: Jacques Tourneur
A narrator recalls events in his childhood in a Southern town after the Civil War, particularly the persecution of a dignified old share-cropper, and the contest between the town’s preacher (Joel McCrea) and an earnest young doctor (a more genial version of the conflict between science and belief that drove (Night of the Demon). Tourneur avoids cosy sentimentality, and introduces nuances that suggest far more is going on than the surface indicates. This quiet masterpiece has many supporters today: Scott Murray in The Age recently declared it to be “a tender and delicate” film, firmly located among his 10 favourite films of all time. May it be so for you! AP
Followed by JACQUES TOURNEUR: THE MEDIUM (2015, 60 mins ) Documentary about Jacques Tourneur featuring Bertrand Tavernier and other commentators, and clips from Tourneur’s films.