Tuesday
25
Jun
7.15pm
Back Human Desire
 
Tue
25
Jun
No film notes
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Tuesday, 25 June 2013 at 7.15pm
Railways season
  • Film noir
  • 1954
  • USA
  • B&W
  • 90 mins.
 

Fritz Lang's 1954 American version of the Zola novel (and Renoir film) La bete humaine. Gloria Grahame, at her brassiest, pleads with Glenn Ford to do away with her slob of a husband, Broderick Crawford. Lang mines the railroad setting for a remarkably rich series of visual correlatives to his oppressively Catholic conception of guilt and retribution. A gripping melodrama, marred only by Ford's inability to register an appropriate sense of doom.

Excerpt of Dave Kehr's review at the Chicago Reader

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Director:

 
Fritz lang

Cinematographer:

 
Burnett Guffey

Screenplay:

 
Alfred Hayes, from the novel 'La Bête Humaine' by Emile Zola

Cast:

 
Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Broderick Crawford, Edgar Buchanan, Kathleen Case, Peggy Maley
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