Tribute to Glenn Ford: Film Noir Double Bill at The Egyptian with Biography Book Signing
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Legends of music and movies unite as Jane's Addiction rocker Perry Farrell joins acclaimed director Gus Van Sant for a double screening of films by both artists. Van Sant crafted such contemporary classics as Good Will Hunting and Milk, but he first made a name for himself with the 1989 indie hit Drugstore Cowboy, which also put a young Matt Dillon on the map. It'll show alongside Farrell's cult comedy-nightmare Gift, for which the quirky singer-songwriter paused from belting out alternative hits like "Been Caught Stealing" to pair live footage of his band with hallucinatory fictional vignettes scored by the likes of Sly and the Family Stone. It's a rare opportunity to not only see two obscure underground cinematic gems on the big screen, but discuss them with their makers, who will engage in an audience talk-back in between films. Learn More
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Well attended event complete with a vintage venue and familiar stars! Fun time from the walk in to the very end! We were a bit late and ended near the front but the theater is well-kept and comfortable. We encountered some congestion getting back to the freeway, but not too bad. It was a lovely 'retro' evening!
_Framed, _1947, Columbia [Sony Repertory], 82 min, Film Noir.
In this rarely seen piece of prime-grade pulp, taciturn Glenn Ford barrels his broken-down truck into a rural California town and is quickly engulfed in adultery, embezzlement and murder. Janis Carter is the long, tall drink of delicious poison he can’t resist, a frosty sample of pure ’40s film noir femme fatale. Barry Sullivan is his usual sly self as the not-so-unwilling cuckold. The script by Ben Maddow (The Asphalt Jungle) hits all the notes originated by James M. Cain, and director Richard Wallace has a good time playing them.
Mr Soft Touch, 1949, Columbia [Sony Repertory], 93 min, Film Noir. This ultra-rare comedy-noir hybrid features Glenn Ford as a returning World War II vet who knocks over the Frisco nightclub he used to own. When the gangster owners come gunning for him, Ford finds sanctuary by getting arrested for a misdemeanor – only to find himself back in hot water when he’s sprung by a do-gooder social worker (Evelyn Keyes) for the holidays. Directed by Henry Levin and Gordon Douglas, this is an odd combination of romantic comedy, schmaltzy sentiment and hardboiled noir.
Neither film is available on DVD.
There will be a discussion between films with Ford’s son, Peter Ford, with a book signing in the Egyptian lobby from 6:30-7:15pm of Peter Ford’s new book Glenn Ford: A Life.
About the Ticket Supplier: American Cinematheque
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