Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen Feb 23: The Crooked Way
February 23, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM | Chazen Auditorium
Sunday Cinematheque at the Chazen: 35mm Forever!
Spring 2020 programming at the Chazen will again provide due attention to the once standard and now increasingly rarified mode of motion picture exhibition via 35mm film prints. A varied selection of genres from throughout international cinema history will be shown, including, in February, newly struck prints of Hollywood studio classics that are part of the UCLA Festival of Preservation on Tour.
The Crooked Way
USA | 1949 | 35mm | 90 min.
Director: Robert Florey; cast: John Payne, Sonny Tufts, Ellen Drew
Eddie Rice (Payne), a decorated World War II veteran suffering from amnesia, returns to Los Angeles to find his true identity. Unfortunately, Eddie soon discovers that, as a former gangster, he made many enemies, including his ex-wife Nina (Drew) and mobster Vince (Sonny Tufts). Distinguishing it from other contemporary films whose heroes are returning soldiers with memory loss (The Clay Pigeon, Somewhere in the Night), The Crooked Way is brought to life with some of the most dazzling noir cinematography by Hungarian-born émigré John Alton (T-Men, Border Incident). Combined with Florey's dramatic mise-en-scène and the baroque art direction of Van Nest Polglase (Stranger on the Third Floor, Citizen Kane, All That Money Can Buy), the result is a visually stunning masterpiece. Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive in conjunction with The Film Foundation. Preserved from four 35mm nitrate composite prints. Laboratory services by Fotokem, Roundabout Entertainment, Audio Mechanics, Simon Daniel Sound and DJ Audio, Inc. Special thanks to Ignite Films BV, Jan-Willem Bosun, the Library of Congress and The Packard Humanities Institute.