AUGUST 10-19, 21-30
“Film noir was an immensely creative period – probably the most creative in Hollywood’s history.”
PAUL SCHRADER, NOTES ON FILM NOIR
We know you missed it when it took a powder last year – because you busted our chops and made us feel real rotten! Well, fear not! Actually, fear a lot! In fact, fall helplessly into a head-spinning, heart-in-your-throat delirium of fear. And fatalism. And darkness, despair, and disillusionment. Crime, corruption and chaos. Venality and greed. Double-crossing dames. Out-of-luck dupes. Yes, Film Noir, Vancouver’s most popular (and pessimistic) summer film series, is back!
“The original noirs remain the most resonant school of movie to have ever emerged in America.”
MICHAEL ATKINSON, TURNER CLASSIC MOVIES
FILM NOIR SPOTLIGHT!
A Centennial Celebration
On the occasion of the centenary of his birth, our Film Noir program shines a special six-film spotlight on the late, great actor Burt Lancaster, one of noir’s leading on-screen icons.
“Brave, vigorous, handsome, and an actor of great range, Lancaster never yielded in his immaculate splendour, proud to be a movie actor. He was one of great stars. Perhaps the last.” DAVID THOMSON, The New Biographical Dictionary of Film
The Cinematheque joins several other film archives and film institutes – including the UCLA Film and Television Archive, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and the Harvard Film Archive – in celebrating this year’s centennial of the eminent American actor Burt Lancaster (born 1913 in New York City). A rugged, riveting, athletic performer of wide range, capable of great sensitivity and vulnerability as well as brooding intensity and unsettling menace, Lancaster’s illustrious screen career spanned decades, continents, and genres; included risk-taking roles in films by some of cinema’s greatest directors; and saw him honoured with the Best Actor Oscar for Elmer Gantry (1960) and Oscar nominations for From Here to Eternity (1953), Birdman of Alcatraz (1962), and Atlantic City (1981). But it was in film noir that Lancaster began his screen career; in noir that he became a star; and – in 1957’s nasty, Broadway-set Sweet Smell of Success – in noir that he gave what may be his greatest performance. (Alas, one of Lancaster’s trademark physical features, his killer smile, seldom had occasion for display in noir’s dark, despairing, tough-as-nails world!) Our 2013 Film Noir summer season pays tribute to this Hollywood legend and film noir icon with a program loaded with Lancaster: of the ten vintage Hollywood classics screening in our noir series, six – The Killers (1946), Desert Fury (1947), Sorry, Wrong Number (1948), Kiss the Blood off My Hands (1948), Criss Cross (1949), and Sweet Smell of Success – star Lancaster. Lancaster died in Los Angeles in 1994 at the age of 80.
“We're all forgotten sooner or later. But not films. That's all the memorial we should need or hope for.” BURT LANCASTER
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Acknowledgements: The Cinematheque is grateful to Joanna Lancaster; Greg Kachel; and Paul Malcolm and the UCLA Film and Television Archive for assistance with the preparation of this Burt Lancaster program.