Webster Film Series June 9-12: Inside/Outsider: Nicholas Ray-trospective

| June 8, 2011
Knock On Any Door

"Knock On Any Door"

The Webster University Film Series this weekend presents Inside/Outsider: A Nicholas Ray-trospective.

A different film screens each night from Thursday, June 9, through Sunday, June 12.

The fun begins Thursday night at 7:30 p.m. with Ray’s 1949 film, Knock On Any Door.

Screenings: 7:30 p.m. each night
Location: Winifred Moore Auditorium

Thursday, June 9 at 7:30 p.m.

KNOCK ON ANY DOOR (Nicholas Ray, 1949, USA, 100 min.)

Andrew Morton (Humphrey Bogart) is an attorney who made it out of the slums. Nick Romano (John Derek) is his client, a young man with a long string of crimes behind him. After he lost his paycheck gambling, hoping to buy his wife some jewelry, she announced she was pregnant, Later he finds her dead from suicide. When he turns again to robbery he’s caught by a cop and Nick pumps all his bullets into him in frustration. Morton’s appeal to the court emphasizes the evils of the slums.

Friday, June 10 at 9:30 p.m.

THEY LIVE BY NIGHT (1949, 95 min.)

They Live By Night

"They Live By Night"

Ray’s second feature (made for Santana, Humphrey Bogart’s short-lived indie production company), the kinetic and emotional picture is the first film version of Edward Anderson’s Depression-era novel Thieves Like Us (adapted again a quarter-century later by Robert Altman).

The tale of a young rural misfit (Farley Granger) drawn into more violent crime by older, harder fellow escapees from a prison farm, anticipates the spirit of Ray’s ’50s teen classic Rebel Without a Cause.

Saturday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m.

IN A LONELY PLACE (1950, 94min.)

In a Lonely Place

"In A Lonely Place"

Screenwriter Dixon Steele (Humphrey Bogart), faced with the odious task of scripting a trashy bestseller, has hatcheck girl Mildred Atkinson (Martha Stewart) tell him the story in her own words.

Later that night, Mildred is murdered and Steele is a prime suspect. His record of belligerence when angry and his macabre sense of humor tell against him.

Fortunately, lovely neighbor Laurel Gray (Gloria Grahame) gives him an alibi. Laurel proves to be just what Steele needs, and their friendship ripens into love. Will suspicion, doubt and Steele’s inner demons come between them?

Sunday, June 12 at 7:30 p.m.

BIGGER THAN LIFE (1956, 95min.)

Bigger than Life

"Bigger Than Life"

Though ignored at the time of its release, Nicholas Ray’s Bigger Than Life is now recognized as one of the great American films of the 1950s.

When a friendly, successful suburban teacher and father (James Mason, in one of his most indelible roles) is prescribed cortisone for a painful, possibly fatal affliction, he grows dangerously addicted to the experimental drug, resulting in his transformation into a psychotic and ultimately violent household despot.

Presented in a newly restored 35mm print.

For more information please visit: www.webster.edu/filmseries.

Admission is $6 for the general public, $5 for seniors, students from other schools and Webster alumni, and $4 for Webster University staff and faculty unless otherwise noted. All films screened in Moore Auditorium on the campus of Webster University, 470 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves, Mo., unless noted.

The Webster University Film Series receives funding from the Missouri Arts Council – a state agency, the Regional Arts Commission, and the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis.

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