Dangerous Dames salutes the performers who effortlessly proved that the female is deadlier than the male!
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About Glasgow Film Festival 2017: Dangerous Dames
Film noir’s mean city streets were home to some of the roughest, toughest characters in Hollywood history and most of them were women. Dangerous Dames salutes the performers who effortlessly proved that the female is deadlier than the male. Post-war thrillers provided a perfect showcase for some of cinema’s greatest performers to tear into fantastic roles as powerful, conniving women who always thought the crime might be worth the punishment. The 2017 GFF retrospective features an irresistible rogue’s gallery that ranges from an Oscar-nominated Gene Tierney’s fiercesome display of jealousy to Lana Turner in the definitive version of The Postman Always Rings Twice and Kathleen Turner’s unforgettably steamy neo-noir debut. All the Dangerous Dames morning matinees are absolutely free so slip into that trench coat, step out of the shadows and put these dates in your diary. It would be criminal to miss them.
Please note: Tickets for all Dangerous Dames screenings are free and are only available in person from GFT box office on the day of the screening.
GFT / Fri 24 Feb (10.30)
“You’re not very smart, are you? I like that in a man” purrs Kathleen Turner making a sizzling screen debut as Matty Walker in a steamy neo-noir created in the finest tradition of Double Indemnity. William Hurt is gullible, virile Florida lawyer Ned Racine, a man who grows steadily beguiled by the irresistible Matty. What a shame she is lumbered with the inconvenience of a husband. There has to be an easy way to remedy that and murder is a small price to pay for the company of such a bewitching femme fatale. Tense, twisted and brilliantly orchestrated by Lawrence Kasdan.
Dangerous Dames / Director Lawrence Kasdan Cast Kathleen Turner, William Hurt, Richard Crenna
USA 1981, 1h53m, 18 Thanks to Park Circus / Warner Brothers
GFT / Thu 23 Feb (10.30)
A superb, Oscar-nominated Faye Dunaway gives the performance of her career as enigmatic femme fatale Evelyn Mulwray in Roman Polanski’s bleak, fatalistic thriller. In the Los Angeles of 1937, cynical private eye J J Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired to investigate the indiscretions of a philandering husband. As the investigation deepens and Gittes is warned to stop prying, he uncovers a city built on murder and corruption, where power lies in the hands of the few and any crime or misdemeanour can be made to disappear. A stunning homage to the detective genre that has become a classic in its own right.
Dangerous Dames / Director Roman Polanski Cast Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston
USA 1974, 2h11m, 15 Thanks to BFI
GFT / Tue 21 Feb (10.30)
Cult movies don’t come any zestier than this hardboiled humdinger from B-movie maestro Joseph H Lewis. Army veteran Bart (John Dall) has had a fatal attraction to guns since boyhood. He is leading a peaceful life until he meets trigger-happy temptress Annie Laurie Starr (Peggy Cummins), a carnival marksman billed as “The Darling of London England”. Love and marriage follow but when the money runs out, Annie decides their sharp-shooting skills would be perfect for a life of crime, and she does so admire a man with a powerful weapon. A real rollercoaster ride of a thriller.
Dangerous Dames / Director Joseph H. Lewis Cast John Dall, Peggy Cummins, Barry Kroeger
USA 1950, 1h26m PG Thanks to Park Circus
The Last Seduction
GFT / Sun 26 Feb (10.30)
Linda Fiorentino was nomiated for a BAFTA Best Actress award for her performance as the icy embodiment of pure evil in this twisted neo-noir thriller. Smart, seductive Bridget (Fiorentino) cons husband Clay (Bill Pullman) into risking his life for a lucrative drugs deal, pockets the million dollar pay off and breezily heads into the sunset. Hiding out in a one-horse town, she enlists the services of gullible insurance agent Mike (Peter Berg) in a cunning plan to keep the vengeful Clay from bothering her any time soon. A hugely enjoyable slice of pulp fiction larceny with extra sizzle on the
Dangerous Dames / Director John Dahl Cast Linda Fiorentino, Peter Berg, Bill Pullman
USA 1994, 1h50m, 18 Thanks to Park Circus
Leave Her to Heaven
GFT / Fri 17 Feb (10.30)
A favourite of Martin Scorsese and Pedro Almodóvar, Leave Her to Heaven is a gloriously full-bodied melodrama that rightly won an Oscar for Leon Shamroy’s ravishing Technicolor cinematography. Gene Tierney was Oscar-nominated for her performance as Ellen, whose obsessive jealousy recognises no limits. She may be engaged to a prominent politician, but when Ellen meets novelist Richard Harland (Cornel Wilde) it is love at first sight. The couple are soon married and preparing for their happy ever after but Richard hasn’t realised just how possessive Ellen will turn out to be.
Dangerous Dames / Director John M Stahl Cast Gene Tierney, Cornel Wilde, Vincent Price
USA 1945, 1h50m, U Thanks to Twentieth Century Fox / Park Circus
The Maltese Falcon
GFT / Thu 16 Feb (10.30)
Mary Astor’s dangerously alluring Brigid O’Shaughnessy is just one of the delights in John Huston’s definitive, Oscar-nominated adaptation of the Dashiell Hammett thriller. Humphrey Bogart gives a star-making performance as hardboiled private eye Sam Spade. The murder of his partner leads Spade into a messy case of betrayal and deceit in which the coveted prize is a priceless black falcon statuette. Add Peter Lorre and Sydney Greenstreet as partners in crime and you have all the ingredients for an unmissable film noir told with sardonic wit and edge-of-theseat tension.
Dangerous Dames / Director John Huston Cast Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre
USA 1941, 1h40m, PG Thanks to Park Circus
GFT / Wed 22 Feb (10.30)
Marilyn Monroe is a tantalising temptress in this pulpy Technicolor film noir melodrama that attempts to give Hitchcock a run for his money. When a young couple arrive at Niagara Falls for a long delayed honeymoon, they can’t help but notice the stunning Rose (Monroe) and her much older husband George (Joseph Cotten). Their tempestuous relationship makes the spectacular Falls seem positively placid by comparison. Rose has had enough and is working on a cunning plan to dispense with the tiresome burden of George - without the inconvenience of a messy divorce.
Dangerous Dames / Director Henry Hathaway Cast Marilyn Monroe, Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters
USA 1953, 1h32m, PG Thanks to Park Circus / Twentieth Century Fox
Out of the Past
GFT / Mon 20 Feb (10.30)
Regularly hailed as the greatest film noir ever made, Out of the Past gave Jane Greer the role of her career as poker-faced bad girl Kathie Moffatt. Flashbacks reveal a spider’s web of betrayal as private detective Jeff (a supremely laconic Robert Mitchum) is hired by gambler Whit Sterling (Kirk Douglas) to find the woman who shot him and stole $40,000 of his money. The woman in question soon has Jeff completely charmed. A superbly executed, doom-laden thriller with wonderfully hardboiled dialogue and atmospheric black and white cinematography from Nicholas Musuraca. Essential viewing.
Dangerous Dames / Director Jacques Tourneur Cast Jane Greer, Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas
USA 1947, 1h37m, PG Thanks to BFI
The Postman Always Rings Twice
GFT / Sun 19 Feb (10.30)
Lana Turner excels as the scheming Cora in this smouldering version of the James M Cain novel. Cora has settled for a quiet life in a California diner but she isn’t a girl who plays it safe. When rugged drifter Nick (John Garfield) answers the sign “Man Wanted”, Cora finds the answer to her prayers. If only she wasn’t burdened with a loveless marriage to an older man, the two of them could be the happiest couple on earth. Nick is a smart guy, surely he can think of a solution to the problem? The poor sap never stands a chance in this gripping saga of seduction’s fatal sting.
Dangerous Dames / Director Tay Garnett Cast Lana Turner, John Garfield, Cecil Kellaway
USA 1946, 1h53m, PG Thanks to Park Circus
GFT / Sat 18 Feb (10.30)
Edward G Robinson’s law-abiding, henpecked cashier has spent his entire life never making waves and always doing the right thing. One night, he meets brash gold digger Kitty (Joan Bennett). Flattered by her attentions, he acts out of character by allowing her to think that he is a wealthy painter. Egged on by her sadistic boyfriend Johnny (Dan Duryea), Kitty decides to take him for everything he’s got. Fritz Lang’s tense, claustrophobic classic is one of the bleakest, blackest tales in the film noir canon, with every member of the cast at the top of their game as they negotiate a deadly moral maze.
Dangerous Dames / Director Fritz Lang Cast Joan Bennett, Edward G Robinson, Dan Duryea
USA 1945, 1h43m, PG Thanks to BFI
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