Film Noir Double Bill w/ Night and the City (1950) at the Carlton Cinema

 

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

Night And The City Director: Jules Dassin Cast: Richard Widmark
Gene Tierney
Googie Withers
Hugh Marlowe

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

Gunman In The Streets Director: Frank Tuttle Cast: Dane Clark
Simone Signoret
Fernand Gravet
Robert Duke

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.

 

 

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  • Penny

    I wish I had been there. I know they were good. Lucky dogs!

    April 16, 2013

    • mark

      I'm sorry that you couldn't make it last night. You would have enjoyed the movies.

      April 16, 2013

  • Shirley H.

    both films were first rate.

    April 16, 2013

  • mark

    Thanks to the wee little group that came out tonight. Thanks also to everybody who could not attend for letting us know - you guy missed some great movies.

    April 16, 2013

  • Penny

    Gosh a lot of people not coming tonight...and that's the same for me!
    I have terrible allergies today...all the tree buds...and an antihistamine has laid me up for tonight. Sorry. Next time

    April 15, 2013

  • jane

    That banana peel on the sidewalk has laid me up

    April 15, 2013

  • Brian A.

    Something came up unexpectantly: too bad. Always like to see Richard Widmark at work....

    April 13, 2013

  • mark

    As I originally posted, there was a possibility that there might be a last-minute cancellation for this meetup, but that is no longer the case. It is now full steam ahead for the Film Noir Double Bill meetup.

    This will be the first meetup where I am not wearing white jeans (which I wear to make it easier to find me). So be on the lookout for someone with black jeans, messy black hair, and a blue-and-white messenger bag.

    And there might even be buttons.

    April 12, 2013

  • Jon A.

    Great bill, but can't make it that night.

    April 11, 2013

  • Patricia

    Would love to make it to this, but sadly I am going to the Stevie Nicks event at TIFF.

    April 4, 2013

  • Penny

    Well Mark I love Film Noir! Thank you so much for the notification.
    It's a double bill...and I have never seen these movies...but I may go after one showing. I live in a sketchy neighbourhood...lol.
    As you all know I love the get together a afterwards as much! Well see how it goes.

    April 3, 2013

  • Shirley H.

    as a member of the TFS, I highly recommend this-they put on a good show and hand out film notes as well

    1 · April 3, 2013

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