NOIR CITY Opening Night Tribute to Joan Leslie -- REPEAT PERFORMANCE / THE HARD WAY
(d. Alfred Werker, Eagle-Lion, 1947, 93 min.) RARITY! NOT ON DVD!
Think of it as the noir version of It's a Wonderful Life. On New Year's Eve, a young woman (Leslie) is given the chance to relive the previous year, leading up to the moment she murdered her husband (Louis Hayward). Will there be a "repeat performance?" This was Leslie's breakout role, in which the ingenue became a full-grown woman. Richard Basehart is stunning in his movie debut. (There are no playable 35 mm prints of this film; we are presenting it here in 16 mm, courtesy of Films Around the World).
ONSTAGE INTERVIEW WITH JOAN LESLIE FOLLOWING THE FILM
THE HARD WAY
(d. Vincent Sherman, Warner Bros., 1943, 109 min.) NOT ON DVD!
This backstage melodrama, featuring a blistering screenplay by Daniel Fuchs and Peter Viertel, is so dark and nasty we're granting it honorary noir status so it can be appreciated on the big screen in all its mean-spirited glory. Joan Leslie plays a young woman steered into a showbiz career by the Big Sister From Hell, Ida Lupino. Legendary producer Jerry Wald gives it the full Warner Bros. dark drama treatment, including stunning cinematography by the great James Wong Howe.
Double feature admission: $12
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429 Castro St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
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