Against the Law: The Crime Films of Anthony Mann

2/7/14 to 2/28/14

Discover Anthony Mann's electrifying thrillers, from 1946's Strange Impersonation to 1950's Side Street, all of which are fronted by psychologically complex and emotionally scarred characters. Mann scholar Max Alvarez joins us to illuminate the back alleys of the Hollywood director's crime films and to sign copies of his new book, The Crime Films of Anthony Mann.

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  • Side Street

    • Friday, February 28 7pm

    Anthony Mann (U.S., 1950). In this downbeat drama with Farley Granger and Cathy O'Donnell, the narrator declares, “This is the story of Joe Norson. No hero, no criminal-just human like all of us.” Human, yes, but dwelling amidst the cold concrete of NYC. (82 mins)

  • He Walked by Night

    • Friday, February 21 7pm

    Alfred Werker, Anthony Mann (U.S., 1949). Richard Basehart stars as an icy criminal on the run after waxing a cop in Mann's documentary-style noir, a huge influence on the show Dragnet. "A gritty masterpiece!" (Errol Morris). (79 mins)

  • Border Incident

    • Friday, February 21 8:40pm

    Anthony Mann (U.S., 1949). Mann and cinematographer John Alton work the border between Western and noir in this incredibly tense tale of immigration agents and human smuggling, starring Ricardo Montalbán. (92 mins)

  • Raw Deal

    • Friday, February 14 8:50pm

    Anthony Mann (U.S., 1948). Introduced by Max Alvarez. Archival Print! A convict breaks out of jail in search of vengeance-but a demented thug (Raymond Burr) has other ideas. In another stylish, shadowy Mann/Alton collaboration from the 1940s, "the violence, both physical and emotional, is still shocking” (Chicago Reader). (78 mins)

  • T-Men

    • Thursday, February 13 7pm

    Anthony Mann (U.S., 1948). Introduced by Max Alvarez. Archival Print! Two U.S. Treasury Agents go underground to shut down a funny-money ring in this documentary-style noir, shot by the great John Alton. (92 mins)

  • Strange Impersonation

    • Friday, February 7 7pm

    Anthony Mann (U.S., 1946). Archival Print! The scientific method meets the delirium of dreams in this oddball outing from Anthony Mann, who may have invented a new genre: the mad-scientist noir romantic melodrama. (68 mins)

  • Desperate

    • Friday, February 7 8:30pm

    Anthony Mann (U.S., 1947). A newlywed Everycouple flees the mob and the law in the first and least known of Mann's celebrated film noir cycle. (73 mins)