Grind-Fu Cinema presents
FILM NOIR NIGHT!
Lana Turner in
THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE
Saturday, June 30th @ 7:00 p.m.
Wiecking 220 Auditorium
415 Malin Street, Mankato MN
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Made possible through funding from the Minnesota State Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
It has been a while since Grind-Fu Cinema has featured some Film Noir masterpieces, so the June line up is all about righting wrongs. Join us for another amazing FREE double feature of cinematic magic, featuring two high water marks of the genre. It all goes down on Saturday, June 30th in Wiecking 220 Auditorium on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato, so consider your day planned. Shall we begin? Lets.
The Killing (1956)
Directed by Stanley Kubrick
Stanley Kubrick was only 28 years old when he directed The Killing, which is considered one of the greatest heist movies of all time. Tight dialogue, riveting pacing, and brilliant direction, not to mention a gripping performance from Sterling Hayden, make this a must see for fans of classics, crime, and suspense. Hearing Hayden deliver lines (written by troubled crime novelist Jim Thompson) like "You've got a great big dollar sign where most women have a heart" make it a real joy to watch, and his performance in the final moments of the film is simultaneously thrilling and heartbreaking.
Despite the fact that it bombed collossally at the box office, Kubrick felt it was his first fully mature directorial efford, and the movie has gone on to become a cult classic. Roger Ebert added it to his list of "Great Films" in 2012, and Quentin Tarantino said it was a direct influence on Reservoir Dogs. It rates 97 % fresh on Rotten Tomatoes, and it gets an 8 out of 10 on IMDB. The Chicago Reader even said it was arguably Stanley Kubrick's most perfectly conceived and executed film, and this is Stanley freakin' Kubrick we're talking about.
"Individuality's a monster and it must be strangled in it's cradle to make our friends feel confident. You know, I've often thought that the gangster and the artist are the same in the eyes of the masses. They are admired and hero-worshipped, but there is always present an underlying wish to see them destroyed at the peak of the their glory."
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
Directed by Tay Garnett
Lana Turner is smoldering as the Femme Fatale that plots murder with John Garfield's down on his luck hobo in this 1946 adaptation of James M. Cain's classic noir novel. Before Cain's novel was even released, an outline was submitted by RKO to the Production Code Administration (a morals watchdog group) to see if it was fit to produce, and their response came back that it was "definitely unsuitable for motion picture production". RKO abandoned their plans, but ultimately MGM stepped in and delivered this Film Noir classic, though its fears over the lurid subject matter ultimately delayed its production for TWELVE YEARS. It was a definitely a different time.
Turner ranked her role in The Postman Always Rings Twice as her favorite, and the book's author was so impressed with her performance that he gave her a leatherbound edition of the book. The film was a critical and box office success, and it's regarded as a classic Noir. It's rated 95% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and received a 7.5 out of ten on IMDB. Variety called the events in the film "uncompromisingly evil" and they meant it as a positive. It's a chiller and a thriller!
See both of these amazing movies FOR FREE on Saturday, June 30th at Grind-Fu Cinema! Bring your friends, snacks, and dress in layers (because the air conditioning can be relentless) and get ready for a fun night! There's loads of parking behind the Wiecking building (415 Malin St in Mankato) so find a spot, walk through the back door of the building, and look for the big auditorium with amazing movies playing!
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