NOIR CITY 12: THE BLACK VAMPIRE / THE WAGES OF FEAR
Friday, January 31: South America
The price of admission gets you into the full double bill.
THE BLACK VAMPIRE (EL VAMPIRO NEGRO)
(1953, Argentina, 80 min., English subtitles)
Scr. and Dir. Roman Vinoly Barreto
This clever "feminist" reworking of Fritz Lang's classic M focuses on the mothers of children stalked by a deranged pedophile. Virtually unknown outside Argentina, and presented on screen in the U.S. for the first time ever, in a new 35mm print! Starring the radiant Olga Zubarry.
THE WAGES OF FEAR (LE SALAIRE DE LA PEUR)
(1953, France, 156 min., English subtitles)
Scr. Jerome Geronimi and H. G. Clouzot, from Georges Arnaud's novel. Dir. Henri-Georges Clouzot
Four men, trapped in a pestilent South American village, agree to transport a dangerous shipment of nitroglycerine through treacherous terrain. This existentialist action movie is arguably the most suspenseful film ever made. Yves Montand and Charles Vanel star, and earn every cent.
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