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Noir film festival heats up cold nights


The Asphalt Jungle, 1950

Four of the top noir films of the 1940s and 50s are coming to a library near you.  The Grandview Public Library is hosting the "Man, That's Cold! - Noir Film Festival" every Monday night through February 1st - except for the night of January 18th.

Sit back and enjoy the cold-blooded backstabbers and the cold-hearted lovers.  With stories of heists, murder, betrayal, lies and corruption it is bound to be a "hot" winter.

First up in the film festival is the Oscar nominated, The Asphalt Jungle(1950).  The dark urban world of The Asphalt Jungle is one of the essentials in classic film noir, but be warned:  despite tough guy Sterling Hayden's dreams of bucolic escape, there is no way out.  The cast includes Sam Jaffee, indelible as a criminal mastermind, and the pre-stardom Marilyn Monroe.  Ad the film's look is definitive:  both artful and gritty.  

Nominated for four Academy Awards including:  Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Sam Jaffee), Best Cinematography, Best Director (John Huston) and Best Writing, Screenplay.  The Asphalt Jungle is noir that is not to be missed.

The film festival schedule is as follows:

January 4:  The Asphalt Jungle (1950) A jewel heist gone wrong.  Starring Sterling Hayden, with a then unknown Marilyn Monroe.  Directed by John Huston.  Nominated for four Oscars.

January 11:  The Killers (1946)  An investigator unravels the mystery of a small-town murder.  Burt Lancaster's film debut, with Ava Gardner.  Based on an Ernest Hemmingway story.

January 18:  "Scram.  We're taking a week off"

January 25:  Ace in the Hole(1951)  An unscrupulous reporter spins a story out of control.  Starring Kirk Douglas.  Written, produced and directed by Billy Wilder.

February 1:  Touch of Evil (1958)  Honeymooners battle police corruption in a Mexican town.  Written, directed and starring Orson Welles, with Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh.

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Please note that all shows start promptly at 6:30pm, since the Library now closes at 8:30pm.  All movies are shown in large-screen digital projection.


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