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NOIR NOVEMBER

(NOIRVEMBER)

 

Double Indemnity: 11/1  11/2  11/3     Touch of Evil: 11/1  11/2  11/3

The Postman Always Rings Twice: 11/6      Body Heat: 11/13

The Killing: 11/27

 

Join us at the Esquire Theatre this November for a selection of classic noir films back on the Big Screen! 

 

THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (1946)

Synopsis: A married woman and a drifter fall in love, then plot to murder her husband. Once the deed is done, they must live with the consequences of their actions.

 

THE KILLING (1956)

Certified FRESH on Rotten Tomatoes! Stanley Kubrick's THE KILLING is a clever and brisk crime film with plenty of twists.

The 7:00pm show will be introduced and followed by a Q&A discussion with Film Professor Joe Horine.

Synopsis: Crook Johnny Clay assembles a five man team to plan and execute a daring race-track robbery.

 

BODY HEAT (1981): 


As the temperature rises, the suspense begins.
Synopsis: In the midst of a searing Florida heat wave, a woman persuades her lover, a small-town lawyer, to murder her rich husband.

The 7:00pm show will be introduced and followed by a Q&A discussion with Film Professor Joe Horine.

 

DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944):


Certified FRESH on Rotten Tomatoes, DOUBLE INDEMNITY is "a dark, tautly constructed adaptation of James M. Cain's novel -- penned by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler -- Double Indemnity continues to set the standard for the best in Hollywood film noir."

The 1:00pm show on 11/3 will include an intro and Q&A with Film Professor Joe Horine.
Synopsis: An insurance representative lets himself be talked into a murder/insurance fraud scheme that arouses an insurance investigator's suspicions.

Touch of Evil (1958):

It is NOIR NOVEMBER at the ESQUIRE THEATRE! Join us for Orson Welles' classic 1958 Noir, TOUCH OF EVIL starring Charlton Heston, Orson Welles and Janet Leigh.

The Overwhelming Drama of a Strange Vengeance

The 5:00pm show on 11/2 will be introduced and followed by a Q & A with Film Professor Joe Horine.

Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a 96%, the Critics Consensus: "Artistically innovative and emotionally gripping, Orson Welles' classic noir is a visual treat, as well as a dark, sinister thriller."

Synopsis: This baroque nightmare of a south-of-the-border mystery is considered to be one of the great movies of Orson Welles, who both directed and starred in it. On honeymoon with his new bride, Susan (Janet Leigh), Mexican-born policeman Mike Vargas (Charlton Heston) agrees to investigate a bomb explosion. In so doing, he incurs the wrath of local police chief Hank Quinlan (Welles), a corrupt, bullying behemoth with a perfect arrest record. Vargas suspects that Quinlan has planted evidence to win his past convictions, and he isn't about to let the suspect in the current case be railroaded. Quinlan, whose obsession with his own brand of justice is motivated by the long-ago murder of his wife, is equally determined to get Vargas out of his hair, and he makes a deal with local crime boss Uncle Joe Grandi (Akim Tamiroff) to frame Susan on a drug rap, leading to one of the movie's many truly harrowing sequences.

*We will be showing the Reconstructed version, restored by Universal and debuted at the Telluride Film Festival in September 1998. This version has been re-edited according to Orson Welles' original vision, as outlined in a 58-page memo that the director wrote to Universal studio head Edward Muhl in 1957, after Muhl took editing out of Welles' hands.

 

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