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Force of Evil (1949): Mob noir -- in iambic pentameter...??

If you'd like to have dinner after the movie, please note that in your RSVP, so we can get a head count. We'll go to Cafe Epi (click the name for info), at 7:30 PM. Order and pay at the counter. We'll meet around 5:45 PM, IN THE BALCONY.

The Stanford Theatre does not accept credit cards, so come prepared with $7 cash for your ticket.

And now, on with the show!

Force of Evil (1947) Starts: 6:00 PM, Ends: ~7:20 PM

Starring: John Garfield, Thomas Gomez, Marie Windsor
Director: Abraham Polonsky
Plot: A mob lawyer figures out a way to consolidate all the numbers rackets in NYC into one, big, mob-controlled operation. The only problem is his older brother runs one of those small-time rackets, and he doesn't like the idea of being pushed out of business. Shot on location, this is a stunningly tough, terse thriller, made even more unusual by dialog that's nearly in iambic pentameter. Really. Listen for it... One of Martin Scorsese's favorite movies -- don't miss it!

Parking & Getting There

Click Here for a Google map to the Stanford Theatre 
221 University Ave, Palo Alto

Parking is easy if you use the surface lots near University Ave., or the garages under City Hall, NOLA/Old Pro, or the parking structures at Bryant near Lytton, or on High, just south of University.

PLEASE:

• If you don't connect with us before the movie, look for us in the BALCONY!!

• Bring cash to keep things simple.

• Arrive on time.

See you there!

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  • Steven

    Loved the dialogue in this one. Only once or twice did the iambic pentameter format get in the way of the story. Very well done.

    1 · October 21, 2013

    • Russ

      The stylized dialog only adds to the off-kilter quality of the story: It seems foreign yet familiar. I love the sound and look of the movie: The rat-a-tat-tat dialog (esp. Garfield's), and the Weegee-esque visuals, like the climactic scene in the restaurant and Garfield's descent to the river. A real gem.

      October 21, 2013

  • Debby E.

    Love those film Noir. Came early for Treasure of the Sierra Madre. "I don't have to show you no stinking badge". Classic. Sorry I couldn't stay for dinner. Next time.

    October 20, 2013

  • Dave L.

    Very good film, and excellent conversation.
    Here's a link to the 'Honest' Trailers I mentioned. http://youtu.be/7YtvsxB9xQY

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Michael S.

    at the last minute I couldn't make it. See you guys next time.

    October 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    -Dinner-

    October 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Will need to bow out...last minute change in plans arose.

      October 19, 2013

  • Marie L.

    Forgive the late notice, but I have last minute change of plans.

    October 19, 2013

  • Jan

    Would like to attend but the Sharks need me to coach;)

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Russ

    We now have 12 reservations for dinner, so I'm closing dinner seating. Thanks for your interest.

    October 19, 2013

  • Ten

    Dinner ~

    October 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry my back is acting ip

    October 18, 2013

  • Michael S.

    dinner for me

    October 18, 2013

  • Jim

    Movie & dinner

    October 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry cant make it this week, I'll try to join if there is one next week.

    -R

    October 17, 2013

  • Thomas C.

    count me in for dinner did not see a place to put the info on the R.S.V.P.

    October 16, 2013

    • Russ

      Meetup changed the UI, so now, you have to add a Comment, rather than being able to comment as part of your RSVP. Another one of HQ's "improvements"­ that no one asked for! Thanks for the note!

      October 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    love to!
    count me in for dinner after

    October 16, 2013

  • David L.

    Dinner

    October 14, 2013

  • Cindy C.

    Sorry I can't make it. This looks like a good one. Love John Garfield!

    October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't make it on Saturday: darn!

    October 14, 2013

  • Steven

    Dinner too.

    October 14, 2013

  • James C.

    Cafe Epi, too.

    October 3, 2013

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