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The Big Heat

Fritz Lang / US, 1953 / 90 min.

Glenn Ford as the irreproachable chief inspector, Lee Marvin as the bad guy and Gloria Grahame as the sarcastic gangster’s moll. But are the roles set in stone? Fritz Lang’s film noir is set in the suburbs of 1950s America and illustrates the porous boundary between everyday life and the world of crime.

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Inspector Dave Bannion (Glenn Ford) tries to bring down an influential mob boss and his sadistic right-hand man (Lee Marvin). The city’s crime syndicate tries to hamper Bannion’s investigation which forces the inspector to respond in kind to his low life opponents.

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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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