(1944) dir. Otto Preminger; 88min.
FRIDAY, August 17th at 7 & 9:30pm
SATURDAY, August 18th at 7 & 9:30pm
SUNDAY, August 19th at 3pm
Admirers of cool beauty, catty putdowns and cunning narrative cul-de-sacs should swoon for this restoration of Otto Preminger’s stylish 1944 noir, which is less a crime mystery and more a succession of vivid character portraits – one of which, the murdered woman of the title, can be viewed from myriad different angles. The mystery itself emerges in a fairly straightforward fashion, with the discovery of a body prompting a police investigation and a series of flashbacks, but more compelling is the gallery of personalities Preminger gives us and the gorgeous reverence with which this Austro-Hungarian emigré and his collaborators shoot the film’s alluring femme fatale. ~ Time Out