The Trylon Microcinema
TECHNICOLOR NOIR: CRIME FILMS IN COLOR
TECHNICOLOR NOIR: CRIME FILMS IN COLOR Now playing at The Heights
While the French term means "black film," noir classics are perhaps more accurately described as post-World War II crime films whose pessimism and menace throw shadows upon America's blinding optimism. But film noir doesn't have to be monochromatic, as we demonstrate with these five films, whose explosive color paints a bleak but exciting picture of dreams gone wrong. Thursdays in February & March at the Heights.

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TECHNICOLOR NOIR: CRIME FILMS IN COLOR

NIAGARA

The Heights

Thu Feb 23 7:30
A Trylon Roadshow at the Heights Theater!
(1953, DCP, 92m) dir Henry Hathaway w/Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters. Against the backdrop of America's honeymoon paradise spins this turbulent tale of jealousy and murder. Cotten is brilliant as a broken soldier obsessed with his wife (Monroe), who harbors some dark secrets.

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TECHNICOLOR NOIR: CRIME FILMS IN COLOR

CHINATOWN

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Thu Mar 02 7:30
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(1974, 35mm, 130m) dir Roman Polanski w/Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston. Investigating the chief engineer of L.A.’s water department, detective Jake Gittes (Nicholson) uncovers the worst in human behavior, exposing a plot that entangles low-down criminals, cops, and politicians alike. This damning account of American greed and lust continues to reverberate today, four decades after its release at the height of the Watergate scandal.

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TECHNICOLOR NOIR: CRIME FILMS IN COLOR

REAR WINDOW

The Heights

Thu Mar 09 7:30
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(1954, 35mm, 112m) dir Alfred Hitchcock w/James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter. Prize-winning photographer “Jeff” Jeffries (Stewart) has a broken leg, and sits sweating out his days spying on neighbors from his apartment window. At first aghast, his girlfriend (Kelly) and nurse (Ritter) join him as he uncovers--or thinks he uncovers--a murder. This classic is at once sexy, thrilling, hilarious, and one of Hitchcock’s most entertaining pictures.

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TECHNICOLOR NOIR: CRIME FILMS IN COLOR

LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN

The Heights

Thu Feb 09 7:30
A Trylon Roadshow at the Heights Theater!
(1945, DCP, 110m) dir John M. Stahl w/Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Jeanne Crain. Told in flashback, this is the extravagant story of a socialite (Tierney) who weds a novelist (Wilde) because he resembles her dead father. Her jealousy consumes their marriage like a three-alarm fire. Gene Tierney's Ellen is a sociopath unmatched in screen history.


TECHNICOLOR NOIR: CRIME FILMS IN COLOR

DESERT FURY

The Heights

Thu Feb 16 7:30
A Trylon Roadshow at the Heights Theater!
(1947, 35mm, 96m) dir Lewis Allen w/Burt Lancaster, Lizabeth Scott, Mary Astor. In a small, forgotten desert town, a gangster, a cop, a young woman bored to death, and her none-too-innocent mother are thrown together in a roiling mix of violence, sex, and double-cross.
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