NOIR CITY 8: NIAGARA / THE ASPHALT JUNGLE
$10 double feature shows start at: 1:00, 2:50, 7:15
(NIAGARA plays at 1:00, 5:10, 9:30; THE ASPHALT JUNGLE at 2:50, 7:15)
1:00, 5:10, 9:30
(1953, 20th Century-Fox. 92 min. Scr. Charles Brackett, Walter Reisch. Dir. Henry Hathaway)
"Niagara Falls and Marilyn Monroe: The Two Most Electrifying Sights in the World!" screamed the studio's ads for this sexually charged Technicolor noir. Monroe is a too-hot-to-handle wife who enflames her husband's jealousy during a vacation at the famous falls . . . with murderous results. Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, and one of the world's majestic natural wonders all play second fiddle to Marilyn, whose larger-than-life allure still leaps off the screen 56 years after this film was originally released.
THE ASPHALT JUNGLE
(1950, MGM. 112 min. Scr. Ben Maddow. Dir John Huston)
The gold standard of "caper" films. John Huston brings a neorealist feel to his version of W. R. Burnett's classic crime novel, and a remarkable cast vividly brings to life the book's rogues' gallery of crooked characters. It stars Sterling Hayden and Jean Hagen and a trio of the finest supporting performances ever from Louis Calhern, Sam Jaffe, and Marc Lawrence. Huston also gets credit for being the first to exploit the extraordinary on-screen sex appeal of Marilyn Monroe; this was the film that launched her meteoric rise to stardom.
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