To celebrate the transition into a new year, #BNoirDetour offers a “Best Of” double bill spanning the 10 central years of classic noir. We’ll screen what many critics call the first B Noir film and the one they call the last.
FEATURE 1: 9pm et: DETOUR
First, join us for Edgar Ulmer’s Detour (1945). Watch fate trap young pianist Al Roberts (Tom Neal) in its arbitrary and unremitting grasp. If you haven’t seen Detour, you haven’t seen noir!
- Ann Savage as Vera, the first and possibly best B noir femme fatale
- Tom Neal’s eyebrows
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FEATURE 2: 10:30pm et: KISS ME DEADLY
Next, take a ride to the end of classic noir with Robert Aldritch’s Kiss Me Deadly (1955). After a friend is murdered, tough-as-nails private investigator Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) follows a tangled web of clues — and a mounting pile of dead bodies — on a quest to find an unknown treasure his wise girl friday Velda (Maxine Cooper) scornfully calls “the great whatsit.” From excessive violence to an excessive ending that literally breaks the b noir genre, Kiss Me Deadly is one hell of a ride!
- Cloris Leachman’s debut in the film’s startling opening scene
- The ending, for which there are no words
See you on Sunday 1/3/2016 beginning at 9pm et for this New Year extravaganza!