NOIR CITY 8: ESCAPE IN THE FOG / A PLACE IN THE SUN
$10 double feature shows start at: 1:00, 2:25, 7:00
(ESCAPE IN THE FOG plays at 1:00, 4:50, 7:00; A PLACE IN THE SUN at 2:25, 8:30)
1:00, 4:50, 7:00
ESCAPE IN THE FOG
(1945, Columbia. 65 min. Scr. Aubrey Wisberg. Dir. Oscar "Budd" Boetticher)
An army nurse (Nina Foch) is terrified by a fog-shrouded dream in which she witnesses a trio of men committing murder on the Golden Gate Bridge. Good thing it's all a dream . . . until the victim asks her out on a date! Settle in with some popcorn for lots of old-fashioned B-movie skullduggery. Director Boetticher, who'd go on to direct some of the greatest Westerns ever, rides briskly over plot holes, camouflaging lapses in logic with loads of atmosphere, and makes the most of star Nina Fochs distinctive appeal. Not on DVD!
A PLACE IN THE SUN
(1951, Paramount. 122 min. Scr. Michael Wilson, Harry Brown. Dir. George Stevens)
This sublime adaptation of Theodore Drieser's An American Tragedy is noir to the core, despite the gloss and glamour Paramount ladled on to make it a huge hit. A blue-collar social climber (Montgomery Clift) falls for a gorgeous society debutante (Elizabeth Taylor, at the peak of her beauty), but his plain, prole, and pregnant girlfriend (Shelley Winters) stands in the way of his personal American Dream. It won Oscars for best costumes, score, editing, cinematography, screenplay, and direction, yet somehow lost best picture to An American in Paris.
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