FRIDAY, March 22, 6:15 pm

The Criterion Collection: "From Poverty Row came a movie that, perhaps more than any other, epitomizes the dark fatalism at the heart of film noir. As he hitchhikes his way from New York to Los Angeles, a down-on-his-luck nightclub pianist (Tom Neal) finds himself with a dead body on his hands and nowhere to run—a waking nightmare that goes from bad to worse when he picks up the most vicious femme fatale in cinema history, Ann Savage’s snarling, monstrously conniving drifter Vera. Working with no-name stars on a bargain-basement budget, B auteur Edgar G. Ulmer turned threadbare production values and seedy, low-rent atmosphere into indelible pulp poetry. Long unavailable in a format in which its hard-boiled beauty could be fully appreciated, Detour haunts anew in its first major restoration."

Detour was restored by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation in collaboration with the Cinémathèque Française, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation. (68 min. / B&W / 1.37:1)

Also on the Program

Oh, well, you know us: Popeye is back in Too Weak to Work and we’ve got Wackiki Wabbit, too. Vitaphone presents George Hall and his Orchestra, and it’s our new heroes are "Trapped by Flames” in the initial stunning episode of our new serial, The Master Key! Plus, we've got a few surprises planned.

Coming Distractions

Next week, we've got a brand new movie to premiere for you, plus a lot of old shorts. Don't miss it.

Detour (1945, dir. Edward Ulmer)