Incarcerated for two years, Stephen Neale (Ray Milland) is released from an English mental institution to an outside world that is oddly unreliable. As he makes his way to London, events become increasingly menacing ––nightmarish and surreal–– in this film noir suspense thriller by Fritz Lang (Metropolis, The Big Heat, The Woman in the Window). Based on the novel by Graham Greene. Newly restored. 85 minutes.
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May 29, 2013
June 12, 2013
Minnesota farmer Lem (Charles Farrell) goes to the city to sell his family’s wheat. He returns with a Chicago diner waitress (Mary Duncan) as his wife ––to his father’s fury. As with director Murnau’s Sunrise and Nosferatu, we have the simplest material in the hands of a cinematic artist. Shot partly on location in the wheat fields of Pendleton, Oregon. 90 minutes.
June 19, 2013
Described as “Grand Hotel on a train,” this exotic, pre-Code tale of romantic and foreign intrigue stars Marlene Dietrich as “Shanghai Lily,” a notorious American woman taking the Express from Peking to Shanghai during the Chinese civil war. It’s a risky journey, and among the various international passengers is a British officer (Clive Brook), her former lover. In 1934, this daring film was classified as unfit for re-release by the Breen censorship office. You’ll see why. Nominated for three Oscars, including Best Picture and Director, it won for Best Cinematography. It’s gorgeous. Restored. With Anna May Wong, Gustav von Seyffertitz, Eugene Pallette. 83 minutes.
June 26, 2013
In his most famous thrill-comedy, Harold Lloyd leaves his small-town home and his girlfriend (Mildred Davis) to seek his fortune in the big city. Among Harold’s urban misadventures is a publicity stunt he concocts for a department store: a professional climber will scale the face of their twelve-story building. But, when the stunt climber fails to show, Harold must attempt the climb himself! Lloyd’s famous comic acrobatics high above the street were performed without a stuntman. In Keaton’s hilarious short One Week, Buster attempts to build a prefabricated house from a kit that has scrambled part numbers. 95 minutes.
July 3, 2013
Just prior to a 19thc. Sudan campaign to capture Khartoum for Britain, an alienated young British officer (John Clements) resigns his commission, returning to his fiancée (June Duprez). Three white feathers are delivered, signaling that the three friends in uniform he left behind regard him as a coward. A spectacular, big-screen, desert adventure ensues as he embarks on a daunting, heroic journey to redeem himself. A landmark film and a Technicolor milestone, filmed partly on location in North Africa. Newly restored from a British Film Institute 35mm negative. With Ralph Richardson, C. Aubrey Smith. 115minutes.