Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Capital Celluloid 2015 - Day 109: Sun Apr 19

Force of Evil (Polonsky, 1948): Rio Cinema, 2pm

This great noir features in a typically fine Rio Cinema double-bill with the 1996 Thom Andersen/Noel Burch documentary Red Hollywood which featured on the blog recently and which you can read all about here.

Chicago Reader review:
Abraham Polonsky's superior 1949 melodrama about the numbers racket. A poetic, terse, beautifully exact, and highly personal re-creation of the American underworld, with an unpunctuated Joycean screenplay by Polonsky that is perhaps unique in the American cinema. This is film noir at its best. Beautifully acted by John Garfield, Thomas Gomez, and Beatrice Pearson.
Don Druker

Here (and above) you can see Mark Cousins introducing the film on the TV programme Moviedrome.

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