Friday, 21 April 2017

Capital Celluloid 2017 - Day 122: Wed May 3

The Tarnished Angels (Sirk, 1957): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 6.15pm


This film, part of the Big Screen Classics season at BFI Southbank (inspired by Rainer Werner Fassbinder's favourite films list) will be introduced by BFI programmer-at-large Geoff Andrew. This fabulous movie can also be seen on May 1st, 19th and 22nd. Full details here.

Chicago Reader review:
Douglas Sirk took a vacation from Ross Hunter and Technicolor for this 1958 production, though he retained Rock Hudson, who turns in an astonishingly good performance as a journalist fascinated by the sordid lives of a trio of professional stunt fliers (Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, and Jack Carson). Based on a minor novel by William Faulkner (Pylon), the film betters the book in every way, from the quality of characterization to the development of the dark, searing imagery. Made in black-and-white CinemaScope, the film doesn't survive on TV; it should be seen in a theater or not at all. Dave Kehr

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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