Friday, Jan 24 — OPENING NIGHT
Journey into FeAR
Scr. Joseph Cotten, from the novel by Eric Ambler. Dir. Norman Foster, Orson Welles (uncred.), 1943, 68 min.
An American engineer attempting to arm the Turkish navy in the early years of WWII is the target of an assassin on a steamship rife with intrigue, espionage, and oddball characters. Starring Joseph Cotten, Dolores del Rio, Orson Welles, Everett Sloane.
the third man
Scr. Graham Greene. Dir. Carol Reed, Britain, 1949. 91 min.
A pulp novelist in postwar Vienna finds himself enmeshed in the hunt for an old friend, now a notorious black marketeer. Unanimously considered one of the greatest films ever made, and cinema's most vivid example of "high noir" style. Starring Joseph Cotten, Alida Valli, Orson Welles.
Saturday, Jan 25 Matinée Triple Bill — MEXICO
Scr. John C. Higgins. Dir. Anthony Mann United States, 1949. 94 min.
Agents of both countries go undercover to bust a gang exploiting migrant workers on the U.S.-Mexico border. Mann's rugged direction and John Alton's stunning cinematography enhance this powerful crime drama. With Ricardo Montalban, George Murphy, Howard Da Silva, Charles McGraw.
Victims of Sin
VICTIMAS DEL PECADO
Scr. Emilio Fernández and Mauricio Magdelano. Dir. Emilio Fernández. Mexico, 1951. 90 min.
A dancer-prostitute (the fabulous Ninón Sevilla) rescues a baby from the garbage and is determined to raise it, despite her poverty and the threats of her pachuco pimp. The apotheosis of the Mexican cabaretera film, a combustible combo of music, dance and noir melodrama. Absolutely astounding!
In the Palm of Your Hand
En la palma de tu mano
Scr. José Revueltas and Roberto Gavaldón, from a story by Luis Spota. Dir. Roberto Gavaldón. Mexico, 1951. 90 min.
A con artist seduces the widow of a millionaire, only to learn she'd plotted with her lover to murder the late husband. A tense game of cat-and-mouse ensues—but who's the cat? Perhaps the greatest thriller ever made in Mexico, starring Arturo de Córdova and Leticia Palma.
Saturday, Jan 25 Evening Show — NEW RESTORATIONS
Too Late for Tears
Scr. Roy Huggins, from his novel. Dir. Byron Haskin. U.S., 1949. 99 min.
A ruthless housewife is determined to keep an ill-gotten satchel of cash, even if it means murder. One of the great noirs of the classic era, long thought lost, but now returned to the big screen in a completely restored 35mm print! Starring Lizabeth Scott, Dan Duryea, Arthur Kennedy.
NEW FNF RESTORATION!
Scr. Collier Young and Ida Lupino. Dir. Ida Lupino. U.S., 1953. 71 min.
Two buddies on a fishing trip are hijacked by a nomadic killer who plans to murder them after they deliver him to safety. The only American noir directed by a woman is a nerve-jangling thriller featuring a trio of terrific actors: Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy and William Talman.
Sunday, Jan 26 — JAPAN
Scr. Keinosuke Uekusa and Akira Kurosawa. Dir. Akira Kurosawa. Japan, 1948. 102 min.
1:15, 6:00 PM
An alcoholic doctor and a tubercular gangster forge an unexpected friendship after the doctor saves the callow crook's life, but the return of a criminal comrade sparks a tragic turn. Toshiro Mifune explodes off the screen in his first film for Kurosawa. Costarring Takashi Shimura.
Scr. Ryûzû Kikushima and Akira Kurosawa. Dir. Akira Kurosawa Japan, 1949. 122 min.
3:30, 8:15 PM
A young policeman is disgraced when his gun is stolen on the subway. With the help of a veteran cop, he hunts the culprit through the Tokyo underworld. A riveting thriller and vividly wrought portrait of post-Hiroshima Japan. Mifune and Shimura are reunited as the dogged cops.