Double Feature: DESTINY + FLESH AND FANTASY
DESTINY (1944) in 35mm
Originally intended as the opening segment of FLESH AND FANTASY, Universal cleaved this off and released it as a 65-minute standalone. A pair of robbers (Alan Curtis and Frank Craven) hide out in rural Paradise Valley, where the townsfolk are so pleasant and trusting, the crooks eagerly map out a plan to rob them blind. But the farmer's daughter (Gloria Jean), who really is blind, has a big surprise in store for one of the lecherous thieves. (Note courtesy of Film Noir Foundation.) DIR Reginald Le Borg; DIR/PROD Julien Duvivier; SCR Roy Chanslor, Ernest Pascal; PROD Charles Boyer. U.S., 1944, b&w, 65 min. NOT RATED
Archival 35mm print — not on DVD!
FLESH AND FANTASY
Considered one of the greatest French directors (his PEPÉ LE MOKO launched the "poetic realism" that informed film noir), Julien Duvivier escaped the war at home by bringing his incredible style to offbeat Hollywood films of the early '40s. This anthology of three supernatural tales — a proto-TWILIGHT ZONE — features a dazzling cast (Edward G. Robinson, Barbara Stanwyck, Charles Boyer, Robert Cummings and Thomas Mitchell) and exceptional camerawork by Stanley Cortez and Paul Ivano. (Note courtesy of Film Noir Foundation.) DIR/PROD Julien Duvivier; SCR Ernest Pascal, Samuel Hoffenstein, Ellis St. Joseph, from stories by Oscar Wilde, László Vadnay and St. Joseph; PROD Charles Boyer. U.S., 1943, b&w, 94 min. NOT RATED
AFI Member passes not accepted.