The series kicked off last weekend with a 35mm print showing of Gilda, starring Rita Hayworth in the titular role along with Glen Ford. If you’ve ever seen Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption you’ve already had a partial glimpse of the film – it’s a scene where the inmates are viewing the picture in a prison theater, and Rita Hayworth makes her arrival as the femme fatale with her classic hair flip.
Femmes Fatales: The Women of Film Noir is a concept I had originally pitched to the curators of the museum and they thought it was a great idea. Houston’s hot summer days are equally matched by sultry nights. So a series about seductive ladies in a humid climate, of course it seems ideal.
Upcoming this weekend we have The Blue Dahlia (1946), about an ex-bomber pilot suspected of murdering his unfaithful wife. Fast-paced and perfectly cast with the likes of Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake, the film reflects author Raymond Chandler’s hard-boiled, grim wit.
Still to come: Road House (1948), on Aug 16 and 17, and Kiss Me Deadly (1955), on Aug 23 and 25.
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