Nightfall – New 35mm Print

Dates From November 05, 2010 7:00 PM
Through November 11, 2010 9:00 PM
Northwest Film Forum
1515 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
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Price $6.00 – $9.00
Info Line 206-267-5380
Website http://www.nwfilmforum.org
Contact Ilana Holmes
1515 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122
(Jacques Tourneur, USA/France, 1956, 35mm, 78 min) This 1957 noir masterpiece by Jacques Tourneur stars Aldo Ray as a man fleeing a private investigator and Anne Bancroft as the barroom acquaintance who agrees to help him. Ray plays an artist whose life goes permanently haywire when fate interrupts a winter hunting trip. From then on it’s life on the run, complete with dozens of double-crosses, psychotic killers on his trail, lots of flashbacks, and a young Anne Bancroft decked out in sequins and lace. Adapted from a novel by David Goodis (Shoot the Piano Player) and shot by Burnett Guffey (Bonnie and Clyde), the images have a smooth, almost liquid quality, the high-contrast lighting of most noirs replaced by a delicate lyricism that takes the natural world as the norm. Tourneur links this naturalism to Ray’s growing observational skills (“I know where every shadow falls,” he says), but it also contrasts with the story’s acute paranoia.

“A near-forgotten, fast-cheap-&-out-of-control sweat session…Radiates a fight-or-flight inquietude.” Michael Atkinson, The L Magazine

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to any screening. Seating is guaranteed up to 15 minutes prior to showtime. If this event date sells out on Brown Paper Tickets, please note that tickets may still be available at the NWFF box office 30 minutes prior to showtime. Please visit www.nwfilmforum.org for a schedule of upcoming events.

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