Edgar Ulmer / US, 1945 / 68 min.
A milestone in the history of film noir, an ultra-low budget hard-boiled thriller that epitomises the genre at its most fatalistic. A B-film that was long regarded lost and was only available in ragged 16mm prints, but was always embraced by movie buffs. Until a few years ago a fine 35mm vintage print was discovered in the archives of our Belgian neighbours.
"As I drove off, it was still raining and the drops streaked down the windshield like tears…"
As he is making his way from New York to Los Angeles, an unhappy nightclub pianist (Tom Neal) is stuck with a corpse. He has nowhere to go – landing him in a nightmare that goes from bad to worse when he picks up the most ruthless femme fatale in the history of film, Vera (Ann Savage).
Screened in 4K.
Restored by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation, in partnership with the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique, The Museum of Modern Art and the Cinémathèque française. Financially supported by the George Lucas Family Foundation.
Double bill: Detour + The Hitch-Hiker
Hitch-hiking, dangerous or not? The worst-case scenario is exemplified in Detour and The Hitch-Hiker. On 3 July, both films will be introduced by Leo van Hee (programmer Eye). In the break between the two, you can have dinner at Eye Bar Restaurant (book your table online).
Rain-drenched streets, curls of cigarette smoke, and men with a dark past. An inescapable fate and a femme fatale, sly and sexually independent. This summer Eye is presenting an extended programme of classic film noir, featuring masterpieces such as The Third Man and In a Lonely Place starring Humphrey Bogart. With vintage 35mm prints and newly restored works.