NOIR CITY 12: DEATH OF A CYCLIST / DEATH IS A CARESS
Tuesday, January 28: Double Dose of Death
The price of admission gets you into the full double bill.
DEATH OF A CYCLIST (MUERTE DE UN CICLISTA)
(1955, Spain, 88 min., English subtitles)
Scr. and Dir. Juan Antonio Bardem
An adulterous couple -- a wealthy socialite and a university professor -- hit a cyclist on their way back from an illicit tryst. Fearing exposure of their affair, they leave the man to die. Gradually the noose tightens around them. A Cannes festival winner, starring Lucia Bose and Alberto Closas.
DEATH IS A CARESS (DODEN ER ET KJAERTEGN)
(1949, Norway, 92 min., English subtitles)
Scr. Otto Carlmar, based on the novel by Arne Moen. Dir. Edith Carlmar
A young mechanic, recently engaged, falls under the spell of a sophisticated married socialite who's brought in her car for repairs. The sexual bliss is ecstatic, but short-lived. A familiar noir plot plays quite differently in Norway, especially through the eyes of a female director.
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