NOIR CITY 13: IVY / THE SUSPECT
Saturday, January 17: Evening Show: 'Til Death Do Us Part
The price of admission gets you into the evening double bill.
(1947, Universal. 99 min.)
Scr. Charles Bennett. Dir. Sam Wood.
Joan Fontaine obliterated her innocent screen persona with this portrayal of Ivy Lexton, an Edwardian femme fatale who beneath the bows and bustle is one of the most calculating bitches in the history of film noir. Sam Wood's stately direction is abetted by the bold production design of William Cameron Menzies and the dark shadows of Russell Metty's exceptional cinematography.
(1944, Universal. 85 min.)
Scr. Bertram Millhouser. Dir. Robert Siodmak.
Timid tobacconist Philip Marshall develops a friendship with a poor young woman, igniting his wife's shrewish jealousy. Despite the Edwardian-era decorum, The Suspect is a classic noir, and one of Siodmak's best, featuring Charles Laughton's memorable portrait of a repressed and lonely man who will do anything to protect the unexpected joy he's found too late in life.
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