Thursday, 22 August
Out of the Past
OUT OF THE PAST 1947 Directed by Jacques Tourneur 97 minutes In English
Arguably one of the most important film noir flicks ever committed to celluloid, Out of the Past set the standard for many movies to come. Told in flashbacks, we know from the very beginning that doom lurks for our anti-hero - portrayed with nonchalant swagger by the great Robert Mitchum. It was with this role that the actor first got his foot firmly in the Hollywood door, and it secured his career for the next five decades until he played his final role in Jim Jarmush's Dead Man in 1995. Here Mitchum plays Jeff Baily, a private eye who is running from his past and trying to build a new life in a small town. His former employer is a crime boss (Kirk Douglas), and he has sent a gun for hire to find Baily and his girlfriend Kathie, a femme fatal who has stolen 40 grand from the big boss. Kathie has a devastating sensual beauty that no man can resist, not even Jeff - and that is the cornerstone of fatalism that is so prevalent in this flick.... there are some things you can't just run away from. That sets the story of this wild, languorous, twisted, bleak, doomed, classic noir.
Directed by Jacques Tourneur (I Walked With A Zombie, Cat People) this was his third collaboration with cinematographer Nicholas Masucura, a master of razor-sharp chiaroscuro lighting, and here his camera is peering through the smoke of an endless chain of cigarettes. It's been said about the cinematography that is a pool of blackness "It was so dark on set, you didn't know who else was there half the time."
This will be a high-definition screening.
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