Past Meetup

The Crimson Kimono @ Patio Theater

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6 people went


Admission $5

Directed by Samuel Fuller • 1959

In downtown Los Angeles, a stripper is gunned down in the middle of the road, but what starts off as a terse, gritty thriller quickly becomes Sam Fuller’s most romantic effort, a melodrama wrapped in wolf’s clothing. Emotions run high in the grungy side streets of LA: Charlie (Glenn Corbett) and Joe (James Shigeta) are two inseparable LAPD detectives assigned to the murder case, but end up falling in love with the same key witness (Victoria Shaw) and nearly destroy their friendship. Despite being released with downright idiotic poster taglines like “Why Does She Choose a Japanese Lover?” The Crimson Kimono is also one of the most progressive movies of the ’50s. Charlie is white and Joe is Japanese American, but Fuller aggressively avoids a preachy commentary on race relations while making a film of unmatched emotional honesty. (JA)
82 min • Globe Enterprises • 35mm from Sony Pictures Repertory

Preceded by: Walter Catlett in “You’re Next” (Del Lord, 1940) – 16mm – 18 min