NOIR CITY 14: REAR WINDOW / THE PUBLIC EYE
Friday, January 22: PHOTOGRAPHERS
The price of admission gets you into the evening double bill.
(1954, Paramount Pictures [;;Universal];;. 115 min.)
Scr. John Michael Hayes, based on a story by Cornell Woolrich
Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
Inveterately curious photojournalist L. B. Jeffries (James Stewart), confined to a wheelchair in his Greenwich Village apartment, amuses himself by using his camera to peer voyeuristically into the lives of his neighbors. When a cross-courtyard tenant goes missing, however, Jeffries is convinced she's been murdered. This enduring classic works on multiple levels: as a spine-tingling thriller, a clever romantic comedy, and a sly commentary on the pleasures and pitfalls of an observant and obsessive imagination.
THE PUBLIC EYE
(1992, Universal Pictures. 99 min.)
Scr. and Dir. Howard Franklin
"The Great Bernzini" (Joe Pesci) is a 1940s newspaper photographer with an uncanny knack for capturing the nastiest and most nefarious images of New York's nocturnal netherworld. While his keen eye depicts the city's denizens at their most desperate and despairing, he remains steadfastly objective in his work -- until a gorgeous nightclub owner ropes him into a life-threatening underworld scheme. Howard Franklin's film is an evocative tribute to the legendary Arthur "Weegee" Fellig, whose news photos defined real-life noir.
Castro Theatre (View)
429 Castro St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
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