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still Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur, US 1947)

Out of the Past

Jacques Tourneur / US, 1947 / 97 min.

A cunning criminal hires a private detective to trace his sweetheart who has gone missing. Kirk Douglas, Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer play their parts to perfection following the fatalistic laws of the film noir.

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Kirk Douglas is the gangster, Jane Greer the femme fatale and Robert Mitchum the private eye in a doom-laden tale that is gripping from beginning to end. Jacques Tourneur’s Out of the Past is regarded as of the quintessential film noir. Tourneur (Cat People, Curse of the Demon) chose Daniel Mainwaring’s pulp novel Build My Gallows High for the script. Mainwaring himself wrote the screenplay under the pseudonym Geoffrey Homes – writers with leftist sympathies were blacklisted in Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s.

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Out of the Past


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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 Out of the Past (Jacques Tourneur, US 1947)
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