Double Feature

On Dangerous Ground

Nightfall

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On Dangerous Ground

Perhaps iconoclastic director Nicholas Ray’s greatest noir, On Dangerous Ground supplies an anguished artfulness that combines the best of his raw auteur poetry with dream factory Hollywood. A cut-from-marble Robert Ryan stars as a cynical city cop who’d rather beat up suspects than ask questions. His violent streak gets him reassigned to a snowy mountain town to assist in the investigation of a little girl’s murder. He soon develops a strong connection with a lonely blind woman (Ida Lupino) who may hold the key to finding the killer. At times both soul-stirringly sweet and relentlessly brutal, this classic features a moody Bernard Herrmann score and was partially directed by Lupino herself.

“Perched between late-’40s noir and mid-’50s crime drama, this is one of the great, forgotten works of the genre.” – Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine

Director
Nicholas Ray
Starring
Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Ward Bond, Charles Kemper
Year
1951
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
82 minutes

Nightfall

You’ll be shocked to learn of the things that can happen to an innocent man at Nightfall. Jim Vanning (Aldo Ray) is haunted by a tragic memory, but the ghosts of that night are entirely real. A series of mischances will keep him running for his life… until he reaches the end of the trail. Nightfall marks a return to form for French director Jacques Tourneur, as this adaptation of David Goodis’s novel was his first noir feature since the release of his acclaimed Out of the Past (1947).

“Not only a nifty late noir but a model of economical filmmaking – well-sketched atmosphere, deft characterizations, and a 78-minute running time.” – J. Hoberman, Village Voice

Director
Jacques Tourneur
Starring
Aldo Ray, Brian Keith, Anne Bancroft, Jocelyn Brando, James Gregory, Frank Albertson, Rudy Bond
Year
1956
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
78 minutes

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