Out of the Past (Tourneur, 1947): Riverside Cinema, 2pm
Is this the greatest film noir? It's definitely a contender.
Chicago Reader review:
'The most delicate and nuanced of film noirs, graced with a
reflective lyricism that almost lifts it out of the genre. Robert
Mitchum, a former private eye, has taken refuge from life as the owner
of a small-town gas station. A gangster (Kirk Douglas) presses him back
into service to search for his wandering mistress (Jane Greer). This is
no expressionist thunderstorm of guilt and fate, but a film of small,
finely textured effects, centered on subtle grades of morality. The
cool, feathery photography is by Nicholas Musuraca; the director is
Jacques Tourneur.' Dave Kehr
Here is Jane Greer's first appearance: "And then I saw her . . . coming out of the sun."
This screening is part of a double-bill with The Bad and the Beautiful which I wrote about here.