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still from Nightmare Alley (Edmund Goulding, US 1947)

Nightmare Alley

Edmund Goulding / US, 1947 / 110 min.

Darkness lurks behind the bright lights of a traveling carnival in one of the most haunting and perverse film noirs of the 1940s.

poster Nightmare Alley (Edmund Goulding, US 1947)

Adapted from the scandalous bestseller by William Lindsay Gresham, Nightmare Alley gave Tyrone Power a chance to subvert his matinee-idol image with a ruthless performance as Stanton Carlisle, a small-time carny whose unctuous charm propels him to fame as a charlatan spiritualist, but whose unchecked ambition leads him down a path of moral degradation and self-destruction.

Although its strange, sordid atmosphere shocked contemporary audiences, this long-difficult-to-see reflection of postwar angst has now taken its place as one of the defining noirs of its era—a fatalistic downward slide into existential oblivion.

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Details

Director

Edmund Goulding

Production year

1947

Country

US

Original title

Nightmare Alley

Length

110 min.

Language

English

Subtitles

NONE

Format

DCP

Part of

Film Noir

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.

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still from Nightmare Alley (Edmund Goulding, US 1947)
still from Nightmare Alley (Edmund Goulding, US 1947)

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