For those of you who live in the Rochester area and are interested in seeing film noir on the big screen, the July/August calendar for the Dryden Theatre was just released, and it's got some noir and noir-related highlights. But if you can't wait that long, there's some interesting shows in June as well:
Tuesdays in June are Mann/Stewart nights. The established noir director Anthony Mann (DESPERATE, RAW DEAL, T-MEN) moved on to making Westerns in the '50s, most notably a series of six with Jimmy Stewart. There is definitely some noir influence in these color/scope revenge westerns. THE NAKED SPUR (1953) is playing on June 16, THE FAR COUNTRY (1955) is playing on June 23 and THE MAN FROM LARAMIE (1955) wraps up the series on June 30.
July 1 - CLASH BY NIGHT
Noir director Fritz Lang (SCARLET STREET, THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW) cast noir regular Robert Ryan (THE SET-UP, CROSSFIRE) alongside Marilyn Monroe in this story of a woman returning home to find that her brother disapproves of the way she's lived her life.
July 2 - THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (1981)
This remake of the noir classic is the first film in our tribute to Jessica Lange, who will be honored in person on July 25. This neo-noir follows the original source novel by James M. Cain much closer than the original.
July 8 - NIAGARA
Color, so not noir, but considered by some to be, this is another Marilyn Monroe film about a honeymoon that turns to murder.
July 10 - KEY LARGO
Bogie and Bacall in one of their three shared noirs. Edward G. Robinson and Claire Trevor round out the extraordinary cast.
August 29 - DIAL M FOR MURDER
Not a noir, but it is the only film that sometimes noir director Alfred Hitchcock made in 3-D. And that's how it will be shown. Come see how a master does it.
You can find the entire Dryden Theatre schedule at dryden.eastmanhouse.org.