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Noir film festival returns with Ace in the Hole

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1951 Ace in the Hole

The Grandview Public Library's "Man, That's Cold! - Noir Film Festival" returns this  week with some of the top noir films of the 1940s and 50s.  You can experience the film festival every Monday night through February 1st.

This week, the feature is Ace in the Hole.  Kurt Douglas stars as Chuck Tatum, a frustrated former big-city newspaper man now stuck working for a small Albuquerque paper.  In order to jump start his fledgling career, he exploits a story about a man trapped in a cave, but the situation quickly escalates into an out-of-control media circus.

Written and directed by Billy Wilder, this 1951 release is a shocking reminder of the power of the press and an eerie foreshadowing of the media's influence in society today. 

Ace in the Hole was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay for Billy Wilder, Lesser Samuels and Walter Newman.

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.

For more information go to www.ghlp.org or cal  614-486-0654

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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