Touch of Evil & Memento

For the 2nd cycle in The Night and Day Film Noir series curated by Brandon Ryan, Central Cinema is pleased to present a one time screening of Orson Welles’s “Touch of Evil” and Christopher Nolan’s “Memento”

Come Watch Amazing films with me at Central Cinema!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 9:30 pm: TOUCH OF EVIL
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 9:30 pm: MEMENTO

$6 in advance $8 at the door


In this series, the focus will be to examine classic film noir movies spanning to the neo noir genre of modern day films. Film noir, a classic film style of the 1940s and 50s, is noted for its dark themes, stark camera angles and high-contrast lighting. Comprising many of Hollywood’s finest films, film noir tells realistic stories about crime, mystery, femme fatales and moral conflict. While modern day neo noir utilizes elements of classic film noir, but with updated themes, content, style, visual elements or media that were absent or unacceptable to the viewing public in the 40s and 50s.

This sordid tale of murder and police corruption is like a valentine for the cinematic medium, with Welles as its love-struck suitor. As the corpulent cop who may be involved in a border-town murder, Welles faces opposition from a narcotics officer (Charlton Heston) whose wife (Janet Leigh) is abducted and held as the pawn in a struggle between Heston's quest for truth and Welles's control of carefully hidden secrets. The twisting plot is wildly entertaining (even though it's harder to follow in this original version), but even greater pleasure is found in the pulpy dialogue and the sheer exuberance of the dazzling directorial style.

In Christopher Nolan's tricky, time-jumping thriller, insurance investigator Guy Pearce tries to find his wife's killer, but is hampered because an injury he suffered in the attack left him without short-term memory. Using photos, notes and clues tattooed onto his body, Pearce frantically tries to identify the culprit and, at the same time, figure out what part self-professed close friend Joe Pantoliano and barmaid Carrie-Anne Moss play in the mystery.

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  • Peggy G.

    It is ridiculously fun to watch proven great movies in a crowd of people who also dig them. This is a great series at Central Cinema!

    September 20, 2012

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