CINEMA CLUB PRESENTS FILM NOIR EXPERT EDDIE MULLER
Cinema Club is an ongoing series that presents an assortment of classic films with the added accompaniment of an audience discussion with a special guest expert at each screening. For two very special screenings in July we are proud to welcome author and film noir scholar Eddie Muller, whose books "Dark City: The Lost World Of Film Noir", "Dark City Dames" and "The Art Of Noir" have established him solidly at the top of his field. He even founded the Film Noir Foundation. Come find out more about this fascinating chapter of film history from the guy who knows where all the bodies are buried and which drawer the gun is in.
About THE PROWLER
"Originally appearing after Hollywood's noir wave had crested, THE PROWLER was largely dismissed by mainstream critics as yet another DOUBLE INDEMNITY variation. What was overlooked - perhaps consciously - was how the filmmakers, working under the pall of the anti-Communist witchhunt, steeped genre conventions in a deeply subversive sensibility. The result was a noir with a richer subtext than most, one that ridiculed America's materialistic yearnings and displayed a prescient skepticism for small-minded authoritarians. It is the most fully realized of director Joseph Losey's five American films, deftly examining issues of class and sexual treachery - staples of the director's later work in England. Jumping off from an idea contained in a "Crime Does Not Pay" short directed years earlier by Losey, blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo created one of his most complex characters in Susie Gilvray, a repressed housewife who has sacrificed her soul for the sake of security. Trumbo goes head-to-head with the industry's Production Code in a gallant attempt to create a female character with a palpable sex drive, who is neither Madonna nor whore. This unusually frank and psychologically complex film is one of the most pungent and perverse of all American films noir."
Eddie Muller will also be at the Ritz on Monday, July 12, to present CRY DANGER