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Film for Thought: `American Noir Festival' at Sunaparanta - 7th and 8th August 2018

What does the word American represent? Guns? Sex and violence? Sports? Easy money? Ultra-competitive capitalism?

Noir films on the other hand share an atmosphere of doom or pessimism, with "femme fatales" or duplicitous women searching for sexual and economic freedom in a world dominated by men.

Sunaparanta presents 3 films that capture the essence of “American Noir” presented by Arvind Sivakumaran

DAY 1: Tuesday, 7th August ’18

6.30 pm

Film: BODY HEAT (1981)

Run-Time: 1 hr 53 mins

Directed by: Lawrence Kasdan 

The epitome of the steamy 80’s thriller and a loose update of 1944’s DOUBLE INDEMNITY, `Body Heat’ redefined the modern noir as seedy, lusty lawyer Ned Racine gets entangled with the sultry and married Matty Walker leading to a web of deceit and murder.  Elevated by John Barry’s memorable score, `Body Heat’ is often lauded as one of the great directorial debuts in modern movie history.

DAY 2: Wednesday, 8th August ’18

6.15 pm 

Film: THE SET-UP (1949) 

Run-Time: 1 hr 12 mins

Directed by: Robert Wise

7.40 pm


Film: GUN CRAZY (1950)  

Run-Time: 1 hr 26 mins

Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis

We start the double-bill with Robert Wise’s `The Set-Up’, with its brutal boxing arena populated by thugs, fixers, corrupt trainers, disillusioned wives and fatalist boxers trying to find a way out of their dreary lives.

We then continue after a short interval with `Gun Crazy’. Bart Tare loves guns but hates killing. His wife though will kill to improve their financial situation. The gun-toting couple goes on a bank robbing spree in this precursor to BONNIE AND CLYDE that dramatizes America’s obsession with guns.

All Screenings open to 18 years and above

Limited Seating on First-Come-First-Served basis