NOIR CITY 9 continues, have you gone crazy yet?
First at 7:30 PM, WOMAN ON THE BEACH (1947) Despite this noir-stained psychodrama being drastically cut prior to release, it remains a mesmerizing tale of dementia, desperation, and lust. The legendary French director Jean Renoir elicits compelling performances from the triangle of Robert Ryan, Joan Bennett, and Charles Bickford, the latter as a famous painter blinded by his beautiful wife. A rare chance to see this maimed masterpiece-that-might-have-been on the big screen! NOT ON DVD
Next up at 9:00 PM Henry Horner's BEWARE, MY LOVELY (1952) The great Ida Lupino plays a lonely war widow who employs a drifter (Robert Ryan) as a household handyman, only to learn —- too late —- precisely why he has no references on his resume. Lupino and Ryan, a pair of noir heavyweights, battle through a "day without end" to an unexpected climax. Mel Dinelli's suspenseful script is adapted from his hit stage play The Man. NOT ON DVD