Capital Celluloid 2021 — Day 129: Wed Sep 22

The Big Heat (Lang, 1954): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 6pm

This Fritz Lang noir classic, which is part of the Big Screen Classics season, will be introduced by Simran Hans, writer and film critic for the Observer. The film is also being screened on September 11th, 13th and 27th. Full details here.

Time Out film review:
Homicide Sgt Dave Bannion (Glenn Ford), a seemingly wholesome family man, investigates a fellow officer's suicide. Lifting the lid off the garbage can, he uncovers a world where megalomaniac crime bosses, police commissioners and city councillors share the same poker table, and all opposition is put on the payroll. Pulled off the case and suspended from duty, personal tragedy and a growing contempt for his peers lead him into a vengeful vendetta that equates his actions with those of his enemies. Lang strips down William P McGivern's novel to essentials, giving the story a narrative drive as efficient and powerful as a handgun. The dialogue is functional. Every shot is composed with economy and exactitude, no act gratuitous. The most celebrated scene, where Lee Marvin's psychopathic gangster mutilates his moll Gloria Grahame's face with scalding coffee, is remarkable in that you never see him do it; the contract killings are also sex murders, but again unseen. Bannion's redemption comes as he (and we) are moved by the courage of others; a crippled woman gives him a lead, a band of old army chums protect his daughter, and finally Grahame, in whose retributive act lies his purgatio
Wally Hammond

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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