Friday, April 21 at 8PM
Starring Dick Powell, Claire Trevor, Anne Shirley. Directed by Edward Dmytryk. 1944 95 mins B&W In 35mm.
$8 for adults; $6 for seniors & kids (12 & younger). Combo pricing for seeing more than one film in a weekend series.
Live entrance music on the Loew’s Wonder Pipe Organ before most screenings.
At the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre, 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ (201) 798-6055 http://www.loewsjersey.org. Email: [email protected]" target="_blank http://www.facebook.com/landmarkloewsjersey/
The Landmark Loew's Jersey is easily reached by car and mass transit from throughout the New York & New Jersey area. We are located directly across JFK Blvd from the JSQ PATH Station with trains to and from the World Trade Center and 33rd Street in Manhattan, as well as Newark’s Penn Station. The Theatre is close to the NJ Turnpike & Holland Tunnel. Discounted off street parking in Square Ramp Garage.
The Loew's is a place where the great movie going experience is still alive -- a classic movie palace, a 50 foot wide screen, and a real pipe organ for entrance music before most shows! And whenever possible, screenings are still in 35mm.
Also being shown as part of the weekend series: "The Blue Dahlia" (in 35mm) April 22 at 6:30PM, and "Body Heat" (in 35mm) April 22 at 8:30PM.
About "Murder, My Sweet":
Dick Powell, who had first become a star playing good guy romantic leads in early 1930s musicals such as “42nd Street”, literally turned his career around with an arresting performance as the cynical, world-weary private detective Philip Marlow in this key early Film Noir based on Raymond Chandler’s “Farewell My Lovely”. And Director Edward Dmytryk captured the wit and verbal fluency of Chandler's style more successfully than any of the other films adapted from his writing, but not scripted by him. Through the use of voice-over narration, this sharp, skillfully made movie is able to retain the writer's vision of rot beneath the cheery surfaces of the City of Angels, as the sardonic detective keeps up a running commentary on the far-from angelic rogue’s gallery of characters.
Hired by a hulking, psychotic (Mike Mazurik) to locate his old girlfriend, Marlowe is pitched headlong into a morass of intrigue and deception. The participants include a duplicitous a glamour-girl (played by Claire Trevor), sodden slattern, suave blackmailer, and dyspeptic doctor. At one point, the detective is railroaded into a lunatic asylum, where under the influence of drugs he experiences surrealistic delirium the like of which would not be seen on screen again until Hitchcock's “Vertigo” (1958). The "bad" characters here are so fascinating that the two "good" characters, heroine Anne Shirley and detective Don Douglas, seem wishy-washy by comparison.
Unlike some Noirs in which the protagonist is overwhelmed by a nightmarish sense of disorientation, Chandler's detective, who seems to either get cold-cocked or drugged in every other scene, has the wit of the only sane man in a world gone mad. Claire Trevor makes a slyly elusive femme fatale, and Powell is perfect as the snarky, semi-tough hero. The part put him back on top of the box-office and enabled him to extend his acting career into the 1950s, which led to an even more lucrative "third life" as a powerful TV-studio executive. Chandler's story had previously been filmed in 1942 as “The Falcon Takes Over”; it was produced for a third time, finally under the title “Farewell My Lovely”, in 1975 with Robert Mitchum as Marlowe.
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