Double Feature: SHADOW OF A DOUBT+ADDRESS UNKNOWN
SHADOW OF A DOUBT (1943)
Naïve teenager Charlie (Teresa Wright) begins to suspect her beloved Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotten), on a vacation visiting sleepy Santa Rosa, California, of actually being the fugitive "Merry Widow" serial killer. Before David Lynch was even born, Alfred Hitchcock explored malevolent evil seeping into a banal small town. It's got few of the flashy passages the director is famous for — but thanks to Cotten's mesmerizing performance, it may be the director's ultimate expression of the horror that infects everyday life. (Note courtesy of Film Noir Foundation.) DIR Alfred Hitchcock; SCR Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson, Alma Reville, from a story by Gordon McDonell; PROD Jack H. Skirball. U.S., 1943, b&w, 108 min. NOT RATED
ADDRESS UNKNOWN (1944)
The tale of a San Francisco art dealer who returns to Germany and falls under the spell of the Nazis was originally rendered by "Kressmann Taylor" (a woman writing as a man) as a trans-Atlantic correspondence between two increasingly estranged friends. It's brought powerfully to life through the stunning design and direction of William Cameron Menzies, and is powered by Paul Lukas' haunting performance. Not truly noir, but a revelation — few "B" movies match the impact and artistry of this WWII stunner. (Note courtesy of Film Noir Foundation.) DIR/PROD William Cameron Menzies; SCR Herbert Dalmas, from the story by Kathrine Kressmann Taylor; PROD Sam Wood. U.S., 1944, b&w, 75 min. NOT RATED
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