+ pre-recorded intro by Imogen Sara Smith, author of In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City
Siodmak’s classic film noir about amour fou and inevitable betrayal, with Lan-caster and Gardner on top form.
Dir Robert Siodmak
With Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O’Brien, Albert Dekker
This taut adaptation of a Hemingway short story is the essence of noir, complete with a labyrinthine narrative of fatalistic flashbacks explaining how the protagonist (Lancaster) plunged into perilous crime after falling for a seductive femme fatale (Gardner). From the opening scenes leading inexorably to a brutal murder, the bleak mood is effortlessly established by Siodmak’s bold direction and Woody Bredell’s chiaroscuro cinematography.
Restored by Universal Pictures in collaboration with The Film Foundation. Special thanks to Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg for their consultation on this restoration.