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The 41st Film Noir Series: White Heat

Sep 27 2018

Seattle Art Museum

Plestcheeff Auditorium

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

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Who can sleep when the night is a fever of perfume and gun smoke, the wails of saxophones and police sirens, when acting on impulse is better than a dream? Called “the best series in Seattle film history” by Charles R. Cross, this is the world’s longest-running film noir celebration.

White Heat

Tense, wound-up gangster’s (James Cagney) inner demons are always threatening to boil over. He’s got a beautiful wife (Virginia Mayo), but his heart, his tormented emotions are all tangled up with his mother (Margaret Wycherley). He sits in her lap while she soothes his pounding headaches. A robber and a killer, Cody’s sent to prison, where he doesn’t know that his cellmate (Edmond O’Brien) is an undercover cop trying to ferret further incriminating information from him. On the outside, Mayo’s falling in with Cody’s hunky rival (Steve Cochran). Behind bars, Cody’s cut off from his consoling and advising mother, and he rages out of control in a famous mess hall scene. O’Brien’s a simpatico cellmate, but Cody’s just got to crash out and become the man Ma wants him to be: grasping, destroying, making it to the top of the world. In 35mm, 114 min.

Other Films in this Series

Thu Sep 27

White Heat

Thu Oct 4

Leave Her to Heaven

Thu Oct 11

Force Of Evil

Thu Oct 25

On Dangerous Ground

Thu Nov 1

Sudden Fear

Thu Nov 8

Wicked Woman

Thu Nov 15

Night of the Hunter

Thu Nov 29

Lilith

Thu Dec 6

Heat

Series tickets may be purchased online, at the Ticketing Desk at the Seattle Art Museum or over the phone with a credit card by calling the SAM Customer Service Center at 206.654.3210.

A limited number of single-film tickets may be available on a first-come, first-served basis the day of the show, at 7:25 pm, at the auditorium entrance for $9 (cash/check only).

Photo: Columbia Pictures/Photofest