NOIR CITY 13: SHOCKPROOF / SLEEP, MY LOVE
Sunday, January 18: Two Sinister Servings of Sirk
The price of admission gets you into the afternoon or evening double bill.
(1949, Columbia. 79 min.)
Scr. Samuel Fuller and Helen Deutsch. Dir. Douglas Sirk.
Jenny Marsh is paroled after serving five years for the "self-defense" killing of the man who tried to murder her lover. She's too sexy for her parole officer, who impulsively marries the ex-con . . . only to learn that his bride's crooked boyfriend is still in the picture. Although diluted by Code-mandated changes, Fuller's script still packs a potent punch.
SLEEP, MY LOVE
(1948, United Artists. 94 min.)
Scr. St. Clair McKelway and Leo Rosten. Dir. Douglas Sirk.
Alison Courtland (Claudette Colbert) awakens on a speeding train with no memory of how she got there. Once reunited with her husband, he proposes a regimen of hypnosis to help uncover what's at the root of Alison's mental instability. Suffice to say, hubby isn't the altruistic partner he pretends to be. One of director Sirk's strongest 1940s pictures. 35mm restoration
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