(1946) Directed by Robert Siodmak. Burt Lancaster, Ava Gardner, Edmond O’Brien. (105 min.) DCP. New restoration from Universal Pictures and the Film Foundation.
An essential film noir, merging expressive cinematography, a churning score, and complex flashbacks in gripping style to solve a murder. A dogged insurance investigator excavates the rubble of a heist gone wrong, which entangled a washed-up boxer and a sultry nightclub singer.
With a pop-up exhibit from the Ava Gardner Museum.
“[Burt] Lancaster is dreamy, dense, and doomed. Ava Gardner, in her first major movie, doesn’t do much more than exist. She hardly needs to … it’s clear from Lancaster’s dumbstruck gaze that he has met his Circe” (J. Hoberman, New York Times).
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