The Mrs. and I were fortunate enough to catch three of last week's showings, including the fantastic Saturday night tear jerker Chicago Calling. Unfortunately we'll be gone for the final week of the festival. Hopefully some of you will make it out as there are some stellar pictures being offered!
Wednesday brings the powerhouse all star combo of Cry of the City and The KIllers. The Cry cast includes Richard Conte, Victor Mature, Shelly Winters and most importantly Hope Emerson! KIllers stars Ava Gardner and Burt Lancaster at their most ravishing and William Conrad at his creepiest.
Thursday brings a pair of lesser knowns in Undercover Man and So Dark The Night. So Dark has quite a cult following and could prove to be a goodie.
The Native Son and No Way Out combo on Friday should be spectacular. No Way Out is a gritty, racially charged classic, featuring Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee and Harry Bellaver. The criminally underrated Bellaver, best known as Detective Frank Arcaro from the Naked City TV series, is great as the deaf/mute brother of Ray Biddle, Widmark's maniacal, psycho racist. Richard Widmark throws his whole self into character and really summons up some demonic forces in this film. Native Son is an Argentinian/French production based on the well known Richard Wright novel. Directed by Pierre Chenal of Le Dernier Tournant (1st adaption of Postman Always Rings Twice) fame, this is a very rare screening and is well worth the price of admission.