UPDATE: There originally was a possibility that there might be a last-minute cancellation for this meetup, but that is no longer the case. It is full steam ahead for the Film Noir Double Bill meetup!
The Toronto Film Society holds regular events a couple of times each month at the Carlton Cinema and on Monday April 15th they will be showing a Film Noir Double Bill featuring Night and the City (1950) and Gunman in the Street (1950). The first movie takes place in London and is directed by Jules Dassin who directed three films that I really like: Brute Force (1948), Never on Sunday (1960), and Topkapi (1964). He is also well known for directing The Naked City (1948) and Rififi (1955). The second movie takes place in Paris and I know diddly squat about it, but I'm sure it will be good too.
The Toronto Film Society has been around since 1948 and is kept going via their membership program. Admission is $15 and is referred to as a "trial membership". You will be presented with wonderfully detailed film notes with information about the movies, the directors and the actors involved.
I will be near the snack bar at 7:05pm - just look for a guy with messy black hair and a blue-and-white messenger bag with the letters "com" on it. Your "trial memberships" are available from the Toronto Film Society table by the snack bar and are not purchased from the theatre itself. At 7:15 we will go in and grab our seats. The movies start at 7:30pm with a short intermission between the movies.
I'm guessing the movies will finish just before 11pm and everyone will like wanna head home instead of going out to grab a bite, but if anybody wants to join me I'll likely head over to Wendy's around the corner to grab a milkshake or a Frosty™.
The following details are from the Toronto Film Society website:
Night And The City (1950) - 101 min
Director: Jules Dassin Cast: Richard Widmark
Dassin’s gem of an expressionistic thriller, beautifully shot in London. Widmark gives one of his most understated performances, nervous and taut, as an American low-life on the lam.
Gunman In The Streets (1950) - 86 min
Director: Frank Tuttle Cast: Dane Clark
An extremely interesting film noir shot in Paris and never released in the States. Here’s another crook on the run, this time it’s Dane Clark, who turns to his girlfriend (Signoret) for money—and a way out of the country. Noir never looked better thanks to great use of the Paris locations.