Cinema’s consummate crate-digger Don Malcolm, the mastermind behind THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT, is back at the Roxie again starting May 5—and this time he’s taking noir aficionados around the world in the second edition of his international noir series. On tap for the May 5-8 long weekend: twelve films from eleven countries over four delirious nights & days.
Two better-known films (UK’s ODD MAN OUT and Italy’s BITTER RICE, freshly anointed by the folks at Criterion) are signposts for our re-immersion into the post-WWII timeframe where, as Don likes to say, “the world went dark.” But you’ll be astounded to discover that the ten other films in the series are just as dark, desperate and gripping. “And, actually, even more so,” he grins.
Dare to immerse yourself in impossibly rare, one-of-a-kind noirs such as CAIRO STATION (Egypt), IN THE NAME OF THE LAW (Italy), KRAKATIT (Czechoslovakia), SEAGULLS ARE DYING IN THE HARBOR (Belgium), CASH CALLS HELL (Japan) and THE HOUSEMAID (South Korea).
Friday, May 5
CAIRO STATION 7:30
An attraction turned obsessive between a crippled railroad worker and a beautiful lemonade seller threatens to turn violent.
THE ROAD TO HELL 9:15
The unlikely bond between two damaged lovers is tested to the limit by their squalid surroundings and the baggage of their past lives.
Saturday Matinée, May 6
IN THE NAME OF THE LAW 2:00
In the remote mountains of Siciliy, a young judge takes on the Mafia in a questionable attempt to cast out “the old ways.”
MADNESS RULES 4:00
When the head doctor of a mental asylum is murdered, the inspector brought into solve the case finds the ground shifting under his feet…
Saturday Evening, May 6
ODD MAN OUT 7:00
It’s IRA honcho Johnny McQueen’s “dark night of the soul” in Dublin after a robbery goes awry and he is seriously wounded. Come see James Mason circumnavigate his own special region of hell…
THE NOOSE 9:15
Kuba Kowalski has only one lifeline—his girlfriend—who has kept him from diving back into the black pool of his alcohol addiction. One night when she’s delayed, Kuba begins a harrowing odyssey…
Sunday Matinée, May 7
STRANGE ENCOUNTER 2:00
A gigolo and a young girl on the run want to make a clean break from past entanglements, but find their path blocked by an escalating series of complications…
Kafka meets science fiction in a fever-dream noir about an inventor imperiled by his invention of a powerful explosive coveted by the type of people you don’t want to meet in real life.
Sunday Evening, May 7
BITTER RICE 7:00
Criminal lovers complicate the lives of peasant works in Italy’s rice fields, sowing the seeds of betrayal and murder. The film lifted Silvana Mangano and Vittorio Gassman to international stardom…
SEAGULLS ARE DYING IN THE HARBOR 9:15
An alienated loner (Julien Schoenaerts, the “Brando of Belgium”) tries to reclaim his life in the ruins of post-war Antwerp in this singular hybrid of noir and art film.
Monday, May 8
CASH CALLS HELL 7:15
An ex-con stumbles into a vicious payback scheme when he takes on a series of contract killings, and is caught in a maze of deceit. Japon negro at its bleakest and most lurid!
THE HOUSEMAID 9:00
Sexual blackmail goes viral when a young housemaid becomes obsessed with the husband of an unsuspecting family. Eun-shim Lee’s performance is so extreme that a backlash formed against her and she never appeared in any other film!