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Double Feature: CRISS CROSS, 1949, Universal, 87 min. Dir. Robert Siodmak. When he died in 1947, producer Mark Hellinger had just begun pre-production on this crime-infected love story. Thanks to the inspired vision of director Siodmak, CRISS CROSS now stands as perhaps the most darkly poetic rendering of amour fou in all film noir. Burt Lancaster and Dan Duryea plot a daring heist, while vying for the affections of sensual Yvonne DeCarlo. Remade by Stephen Soderbergh as THE UNDERNEATH.
BLACK ANGEL, 1946, Universal, 80 min. Dir. Roy William Neill. In this spellbinding adaptation of Cornell Woolrich’s thriller, noir favorite Dan Duryea is a piano player on the skids whose estranged wife is murdered. When her husband is booked for the crime, chanteuse June Vincent enlists Duryea’s help in a desperate search for the real killer. Broderick Crawford and Peter Lorre add muscle and menace to the typically warped Woolrich atmosphere. Discussion between films with Dan Duryea’s son Richard Duryea and author Mike Peros, moderated by Alan K. Rode. Join us at 6:30 PM in the lobby, where Mike Peros will sign his book, Dan Duryea: Heel With a Heart. Get a goody bag with each new membership during the Montana Avenue Art Walk, from 5 – 9 PM. Montana Avenue will be transformed into Santa Monica’s longest art gallery … just for one night!