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1219 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

The Box Office opens 30 minutes prior to showtime.

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Dangerous Desires: Film Noir Classics

The Northwest Film Center presents a grand retrospective of vintage 35mm noir films! Featuring rarely seen gems beautifully restored and preserved in all their celluloid glory by the Film Noir Foundation, along with traditional noir favorites, this series promises a cinematically sinister foray into the dark heart of post-war America. The usual suspects are all here: crooked cops, thugs for hire, double-crossing dames, and more—come take a walk with us on the seedy side of the street. Author, film historian, and president of the Film Noir Foundation Eddie Muller will be in attendance opening weekend to discuss the enduring legacy of film noir.



Fri, Sep 14, 2012
at 7 PM

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THE PROWLER
DIRECTOR: JOSEPH LOSEY
US, 1951

GUEST PRESENTER—A tawdry tale of obsession and murder, Joseph Losey’s THE PROWLER tells the story of a crooked LAPD rookie (Van Heflin) who decides to win over the lonely housewife he’s been stalking by knocking off her husband. An intensely paranoid tailspin of a romance that skewers middle-class decorum, THE PROWLER is a haunting portrait of the American dream wrapped in a tabloid melodrama. Featuring assistant direction by Robert Aldrich (KISS ME DEADLY) and written by the blacklisted Dalton Trumbo, this 35mm print, restored by the Film Noir Foundation, is not to be missed. (92 mins.)

With Eddie Muller in attendance.


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Sat, Sep 15, 2012
at 9 PM

THE HUNTED
DIRECTOR: JACK BERNHARD
US, 1948

GUEST PRESENTER—“Steve Fisher’s original screenplay for this bargain-basement B-film offers a clever twist on the typical femme fatale. Laura Mead (Belita) has served her time for robbery and still claims her innocence. She returns to the city where her former cop lover (Preston Foster) sent her up. Was she guilty—or was he just jealous? Is she back for a fresh start—or revenge? A strange, hypnotic noir from Poverty Row director Jack Bernhard (DECOY), resurrected in a new 35mm print by the Film Noir Foundation!”—Seattle International Film Festival (88 mins.)

With Eddie Muller in attendance.


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Sun, Sep 16, 2012
at 7 PM

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NOBODY LIVES FOREVER
DIRECTOR: JEAN NEGULESCO
US, 1946

“Geraldine Fitzgerald is at her most luminous as an innocent war widow lured into a confidence game by a shady ex-GI (John Garfield). Is it any surprise that the grifter ends up falling for his magnificent mark? Or that the betrayed gang ends up wanting them both dead? Director Jean Negulesco ladles atmospherics onto W.R. Burnett’s savvy screenplay. Featuring great supporting turns from Walter Brennan, George Coulouris, Faye Emerson, and George Tobias.”—American Cinematheque (100 mins.)

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Thu, Sep 20, 2012
at 7 PM

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PITFALL
DIRECTOR: ANDRE DE TOTH
US, 1948

John Forbes (Dick Powell) is a family man who’s tired of the nine-to-five humdrum of his job as an insurance company executive. Life gets a little more exciting for him when he calls upon lusty femme fatale Mona Stevens (Lizabeth Scott) whose thug boyfriend has been bilking the insurance company. When Forbes sends a private investigator (Raymond Burr) to find out if Stevens is in on the con, the PI ends up falling for her too, creating a noirific love triangle that can only result in murder. No one takes the high road in this noir classic. (86 mins.)

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Sat, Sep 22, 2012
at 7 PM

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THE GLASS KEY
DIRECTOR: STUART HEISLER
US, 1942

GUEST PRESENTER—“Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake add glamorous sex appeal to Hammett’s gritty and influential behind-the-scenes tale of the dirty work that goes on in big city politics. Director Stuart Heisler is at his rapid-fire best, eliciting terrific support from dashing Brian Donlevy and thuggish William Bendix. Screenplay by Jonathan Latimer, from the novel by Dashiell Hammett.”—Film Noir Foundation (85 mins.)

PSU Professor of Film and Theatre Mark Berrettini, who will teach a film noir class this fall, will be on hand to introduce the film.


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Sat, Sep 22, 2012
at 9 PM

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THE BLUE DAHLIA
DIRECTOR: GEORGE MARSHALL
US, 1946

At the pinnacle of Ladd-Lake mania, crime fiction legend Raymond Chandler fashioned this original, booze-fueled screenplay for the co-stars and ended up with an Oscar nomination for his trouble. Ladd plays Johnny Morrison, a war vet prone to memory lapses and a quick temper. He makes a scene after spotting his wife kissing another man, and when she turns up dead, he’s the only suspect. A chance encounter with the vampish Joyce Harwood (Veronica Lake) thickens the plot. She’s the estranged girlfriend of the same man who was kissing Morrison’s wife—but can she be trusted? (96 mins.)

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Sun, Sep 23, 2012
at 7 PM

THE WINDOW
DIRECTOR: TED TETZLAFF
US, 1949

Adapted from a short story by Cornell Woolrich, THE WINDOW is a B-thriller variant on the “boy who cried wolf” fable. Bobby Driscoll plays Tommy, a kid who witnesses a murder from a fire escape on a hot summer night. But Tommy has a vivid imagination and tall tales are his forte, so no one believes him when he tells his parents what he saw. The thrills begin when the culprits realize that Tommy knows the truth and decide to ensure his silence. THE WINDOW masterfully evokes the grimy New York tenements as a claustrophobic haven of crime and paranoia where no one is safe—least of all a child. (73 mins.)

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Fri, Sep 28, 2012
at 7 PM

CAUGHT
DIRECTOR: MAX OPHÜLS
US, 1949

Robert Ryan gives a towering performance as psychotic billionaire Smith Ohlrig, who marries impressionable young Leonora Eames (Barbara Bel Geddes) and gives her everything she ever wanted—except for affection. Leaving her life of luxury behind, Leonora soon falls for an altruistic doctor (James Mason). But Ohlrig, not one to be rebuffed, devises a scheme to permanently lock the bonds of matrimony. Superbly directed by Max Ophüls, CAUGHT also boasts cinematography by the great Lee Garmes. (88 mins.)

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Sat, Sep 29, 2012
at 7 PM

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HIGH WALL
DIRECTOR: CURTIS BERNHARDT
US, 1948

Found unconscious behind the wheel of his wrecked car, his strangled wife beside him, Steve Kenet (Robert Taylor) confesses to murdering his two-timing spouse and is sentenced to a sanitarium. But did he do it? His doctor (Audrey Totter) gradually realizes he might not be guilty, which leaves the real culprit on the loose. HIGH WALL combines the classic “wrong man” scenario with an intriguing take on the psychic scars suffered by wounded WWII veterans. Taylor gives the best performance of his career in this neglected gem, which glistens with director Curtis Bernhardt’s feverish, rain-soaked noirscapes. (98 mins.)

New archival print!


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Sat, Sep 29, 2012
at 9:15 PM

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99 RIVER STREET
DIRECTOR: PHIL KARLSON
US, 1953

Ernie Driscoll (John Payne) is a washed-up boxer turned embittered taxi driver who is framed for the murder of his two-timing wife. With the law closing in, his chances of finding the real killer grow slimmer by the hour. A struggling young actress (Evelyn Keyes) becomes Driscoll’s only ally in his frantic quest for truth. A stone-cold, fast-paced film noir classic, 99 RIVER STREET is a near-perfect 1950s crime saga and perhaps the signature film of director Phil Karlson. “An example of the kind of humble brilliance that often emerged from the American genre cinema.”—Dave Kehr (83 mins.)

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Sun, Sep 30, 2012
at 5 PM

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LOOPHOLE
DIRECTOR: HAROLD D. SCHUSTER
US, 1954

“One of the rarest films of the original noir era, this tidy tale of unjust persecution plays like a B-movie version of ‘Les Miserables.’ An innocent bank clerk (Barry Sullivan), made the fall guy in an embezzlement scheme, is pursued to the brink of insanity by a scarily righteous insurance investigator (merciless Charles McGraw in a signature performance).”—American Cinematheque (80 mins.)

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Sun, Sep 30, 2012
at 7 PM

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THE NAKED ALIBI
DIRECTOR: JERRY HOPPER
US, 1954

“A murder suspect (Gene Barry), released for lack of evidence, vows vengeance on the cops who brutalized him. When one of those cops turns up dead, his partner (Sterling Hayden) hunts down the ‘innocent’ man to prove him guilty. Both end up in thrall to bordertown bad girl Gloria Grahame, whose unique sexiness is on full display in this ultra-rare potboiler! Screenplay by Lawrence Roman, from a story by Gladys Atwater and Robert Bren.”—American Cinematheque (86 mins.)

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