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The 41st Film Noir Series: Force Of Evil

Oct 11 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.

about the film

Director Polonsky and actor John Garfield, both Bronx-born, both scarred by the anti-Communist witch hunts, crafted this gritty blank-verse poem of the urban jungle, that conflates a soul’s and a society’s corruption. America is devoted to making money and strategizing to make more. Nothing new there, but there are gradations of commitment and devotion to the pursuit. Corporate racketeer Ray Roberts is all in, scheming to monopolize the symbiotic relationship between illegal betting and the banks that provide the winnings, and lawyer Garfield will make it happen. He arranges for the July fourth lucky number seven-seventy-six to win all over New York, so all the small-time betting banks will have to borrow money from Roberts to pay so many winners, and then he’ll take them over. (This may be the first film in which the term “corporate raider” was heard). Garfield will make a cool million, but his conscience troubles him. His estranged brother Thomas Gomez is one of the little guys who’ll get squeezed. Is it too late for Garfield to act on his better nature? Or is he too far on a path “going down and down, to the bottom of the world?" Music by David Raksin (“Laura). In 35mm, 87 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