Monday, 11 June 2018

Capital Celluloid 2018 - Day 164: Fri Jun 22

The Big Knife (Aldrich, 1955): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 6.10pm


This 35mm screening, which is part of the Ida Lupino season (full details here), is also being shown on Wednesday June 28th. You can find the full details by clicking on the link here.

Chicago Reader review:
A dynamite portrait of a man on the verge of total psychological and moral collapse, Robert Aldrich's 1955 indictment of Hollywood stars Jack Palance, Ida Lupino, and Rod Steiger. Adapted from a series of plays by Clifford Odets, Aldrich's film focuses on the ways in which a man's freedom is systematically denied him by the forces that control his world, whether that world is the arts, business, or politics. Palance is superb as the Hollywood star who now has to be blackmailed to continue starring in the dreadful films produced by Rod Steiger (in a magnificent portrayal of Harry Cohn, Louis B. Mayer, and Jack Warner rolled into one). Electric, exciting, and ultimately very depressing.

Don Druker

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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