The 2011 "Essential Film Noir" series continues on February 3 with a unique double feature. Both films feature the same star and same director, and were released in the same year, in addition to both being noir. The star was James Mason, the director Max Ophuls, the year 1949 and the films CAUGHT and THE RECKLESS MOMENT. In CAUGHT Barbara Bel Geddes is a woman trapped in a loveless marriage that she runs out on. In THE RECKLESS MOMENT, Joan Bennett is another mother who would do anything for her daughter, including hide a dead body. Neither of these films are on DVD, so make sure to take advantage of this opportunity to see them on the big screen.
On February 10 I will have the honor of welcoming noir author Megan Abbott to the Dryden Theatre stage. Her novels THE SONG IS YOU, DIE A LITTLE, QUEENPIN and BURY ME DEEP have won just about every major mystery award and have been optioned by Hollywood. Megan will be with me to talk about her writing and about the 1946 film Gilda starring Rita Hayworth. In between, she'll be signing copies of her books.