NOIR CITY 14: LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME / YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN
Wednesday, January 27: MUSICIANS
The price of admission gets you into the double bill.
LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME
(1955, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. 122 min.)
Scr. Daniel Fuchs, Isobel Lennart, based on the life story of Ruth Etting
Dir. Charles Vidor
Packaged and sold as a musical, but as dark and disturbing as any crime film, Love Me or Leave Me tells the (mostly true) story of singer Ruth Etting's ascent during the 1920s and '30s, a fast and fabulous rise accomplished with the backing of notorious Chicago gangster Moe "The Gimp" Snyder. Daniel Fuchs provides a volatile screenplay that delves into the professional and personal ambitions, obligations, and jealousies that raged between Etting and Snyder, memorably portrayed by Doris Day and Jimmy Cagney.
YOUNG MAN WITH A HORN
(1950, Warner Bros. 112 min.)
Scr. Carl Foreman, Edmund H. North, from the novel by Dorothy Baker
Dir. Michael Curtiz
Rick Martin (Kirk Douglas) finds a sense of belonging in only one thing -- the trumpet he bonded with as a young orphan. In his rise to artistic success, Martin struggles to maintain relationships as strong as the music he creates, and eventually he risks losing everything in a steady swirl of arrogance and alcohol. Doris Day plays the singer/savior Martin tosses aside in favor of sultry Amy North (Lauren Bacall), an ennui-ridden socialite whose bisexuality stealthily slipped past the Hollywood censors.
Castro Theatre (View)
429 Castro St.
San Francisco, CA 94114
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|