NOIR CITY 13: SECONDS / THE HONEYMOON KILLERS
Sunday, January 25: Loneliness Is a Killer
The price of admission gets you into the afternoon or evening double bill.
(1966, Paramount. 106 min.)
Scr. Lewis John Carlino. Dir. John Frankenheimer.
A bored middle-class man learns of a secret company that will allow him to be "born again." He emerges into his new life as a younger, handsome California painter (Rock Hudson), but soon discovers that fixing the surface doesn't solve problems of the soul. Startling camerawork by James Wong Howe helps make this Frankenheimer's most deeply felt and disturbing film.
THE HONEYMOON KILLERS
(1969, AmericanInternational Pictures. 108 min.)
Scr. & Dir. Leonard Kastle.
Based on the 1948-49 murder spree of lovers Martha Beck and Ray Fernandez, this might be the most shocking and mordantly funny crime movie ever made. Writer-director Kastle, in his only feature, pushed noir's moral ambivalence to the breaking point. Totally unique, and revered by both John Waters and Francois Truffaut; the latter called it his favorite American film.
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