NOIR CITY Hollywood, 7:30 tonight at the Egyptian Theatre: Julie Adams In Person! SLAUGHTER ON TENTH AVENUE & EDGE OF THE CITY.
Julie Adams will sign copies of her new book THE LUCKY SOUTHERN STAR: REFLECTIONS FROM THE BLACK LAGOON at 6:30 PM in the Egyptian lobby. Introduction by the FNF's own Alan K. Rode. Discussion between films with actress Julie Adams.
New 35mm Print!
SLAUGHTER ON TENTH AVENUE
1956, Universal, 103 min, USA, Dir: Arnold Laven
This stepson to ON THE WATERFRONT packs a wallop of its own. An upstart district attorney (Richard Egan) tries to crack the New York waterfrontís mob-enforced code of silence and mete out justice for a murdered whistleblower. Jan Sterling is terrific as the victimís widow, heading a dynamite supporting cast of familiar and fantastic character actors, including Dan Duryea, Charles McGraw, Sam Levene and Walter Matthau. Lawrence Romanís fact-based script is vigorously directed by Arnold Laven. NOT ON DVD
EDGE OF THE CITY
1957, Warner Bros., 85 min, USA, Dir: Martin Ritt
Another gritty exploration of life on the Manhattan docks thatís also a powerful look at 1950s race relations. Sidney Poitier and John Cassavetes play working-class pals driven apart by ignorance and racism (exemplified by a virulent thug, played brilliantly by Jack Warden). Martin Rittís stunning directorial debut, based on Robert Alan Aurthurís 1955 teleplay ďA Man Is Ten Feet Tall.Ē Not entirely noir, but a smart and suspenseful drama overdue for rediscovery!