Capital Celluloid 2023 — Day 337: Mon Dec 4

Wanted for Murder (Huntington, 1946): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 8.40pm

A serial killer stalks post-war London in this underseen noir, co-written by Emeric Pressburger. The nfilm will be introduced by Simon McCallum.

BFI introduction:
London, 1945: a strangler is on the loose, roaming the hot summer nights from Hampstead Heath to Regent’s Park. Eric Portman is on frighteningly icy form as a businessman ‘possessed’ by the evil spirit of his father, a notorious Victorian hangman immortalised in Madame Tussauds. Co-written by Emeric Pressburger in 1938 and belatedly shot at Welwyn Studios, with vibrant location scenes offering glimpses of a capital resuming normal life, this post-war British psycho-noir is executed with considerable panache.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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