LACMA film curator Ian Birnie has some great stuff coming up this month – a retrospective of the films of Italy-born, New York-raised cameraman Nicholas Musuraca, known for his atmospheric noir cinematography at RKO studios in the 1940s.
Says Ian: “Musuraca is the third in my unofficial survey of noir cinematographers; the first was Stanley Cortez, then Burnett Guffey.”
On opening night, he’s showing OUT OF THE PAST, one of the very best noirs, according to arts•meme film pal Joel Bellman who adds, “…and if you’ve never seen STRANGER ON THE THIRD FLOOR, it’s just amazing. In some quarters, this 1940 film is considered the first true noir.”
|May 14||7:30 pm Out of the Past|
|May 14||9:20 pm Where Danger Lives|
|May 15||5:00 pm Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows|
|May 15||7:30 pm Cat People & The Ghost Ship|
|May 21||7:30 pm Stranger on the Third Floor|
|May 21||8:45 pm Deadline at Dawn|
|May 22||7:30 pm Born to be Bad|
|May 22||9:15 pm The Woman on Pier 13|
|May 28||7:30 pm The Spiral Staircase|
|May 28||9:05 pm Bedlam|
|May 29||7:30 pm Clash by Night|
|May 29||9:25 PM The Blue Gardenia|
See you there! Hope it’s nasty, dark, and wrenching!