Another great series opens this Friday at UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater: Exile Noir
, featuring Hollywood films made by European directors. The series runs from August 22nd through September 28, 2014.
The Exile Noir series presents an interesting contrast with UCLA's Hollywood Exiles in Europe
series which concluded on Sunday, August 17th. I was fortunate to see Jules Dassin's RIFIFI
(1955) and NIGHT AND THE CITY
(1950) in that series.
I've previously seen many of the films in the Exile Noir series -- several of them in big screen showings - and highly recommend this series. My past reviews are available at the title links below.
On August 22nd
the opening night of the series features the classic DOUBLE INDEMNITY
(1944), directed by Billy Wilder, paired with the very interesting Dick Powell film PITFALL
(1948), directed by Andre de Toth. PITFALL finds a bored Powell sabotaging his marriage to Jane Wyatt when he becomes attracted to Lizabeth Scott. Unfortunately Scott has a mean stalker (Raymond Burr) who doesn't take kindly to another man showing interest in her.
there's what might be an underrated film, HIGH WALL
(1948), which contains one of Robert Taylor's best performances. Taylor plays an amnesiac veteran arrested for his wife's murder. Curtis Bernhardt directed. It plays with THE SCARF (1951) directed by E.A. Dupont, starring John Ireland.
is Otto Preminger's WHIRLPOOL (1950), starring Richard Conte and Gene Tierney, teamed with Fritz Lang's THE BLUE GARDENIA
(1953). THE BLUE GARDENIA is another Richard Conte film, this time costarring Anne Baxter.
I particularly like the September 15th
double bill of CAUGHT
(1949) and THE LOCKET
(1946). CAUGHT is a highly engrossing Max Ophuls film starring Robert Ryan, James Mason, and Barbara Bel Geddes; Ryan plays an ultra-controlling, sadistic multimillionaire whose young wife (Bel Geddes) leaves him and falls in love with a poor doctor (Mason). John Brahm's THE LOCKET, famed for its use of flashbacks within flashbacks within flashbacks, stars Laraine Day as a disturbed woman. Brian Aherne, Robert Mitchum, and Gene Raymond are the men she leaves in her wake.
Robert Siodmak's THE DARK MIRROR
(1946), with Olivia de Havilland in a dual role, will be shown on September 19th
. The other half of the double bill is JEALOUSY (1945) directed by Gustav Machaty, starring Jane Randolph.
On September 22nd
there's a screening of one of the most tragic movies I've ever seen, CHICAGO CALLING
(1951), starring Dan Duryea. It has a moving Duryea performance and fantastic Bunker Hill location shooting but be prepared for an unrelentingly sad story. John Reinhardt directed. It plays with Anatole Litvak's SORRY, WRONG NUMBER (1948) starring Burt Lancaster and Barbara Stanwyck.
is Douglas Sirk's entertaining SLEEP, MY LOVE
(1948), starring Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, and Robert Cummings. It's shown with John Carradine and Jean Parker in Edgar G. Ulmer's BLUEBEARD (1944).
Closing night on September 28th
features John Auer's CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS (1953) with Gig Young, Mala Powers, William Tallman, and Marie Windsor. It will be shown with Paul Henreid in HOLLOW TRIUMPH (1948), also known as THE SCAR, directed by Steve Sekely.
Most of the films will be shown in 35mm, with a couple shown in 16mm. Consult the schedule
for complete details.
Schedule conflicts mean I won't see as many of these screenings as I'd like, but I hope to see at least a couple of these double bills! I highly recommend that those within driving distance of Westwood see as many of these films as possible.
The Exile Noir series will overlap with the Edith Head series
which opened August 8th and runs through September 27th.