Band of Outsiders: Women Crime Writers

June 29–August 17, 2017

Adaptations of tales by Patricia Highsmith, Vera Caspary, Dorothy B. Hughes, and others reveal the dark side of "women's writing."

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Past Films

  • Band of Outsiders

    • Thursday, August 17 7 PM
    Jean-Luc Godard
    France, 1964

    Digital Restoration
    Based on Fools’ Gold by Dolores Hitchens

    Anna Karina, Sami Frey, and Claude Brasseur are unlikely burglars in Godard’s “reverie of a gangster movie” (Pauline Kael).

  • The Breach

    • Sunday, August 13 7 PM
    Claude Chabrol
    France, 1970

    Based on The Balloon Man by Charlotte Armstrong

    A young woman is gaslighted by her scheming in-laws after trying to leave her mentally unstable husband in Chabrol’s powerful noir. “Chabrol’s most audacious experiment with narrative form—a modernist reworking of the melodrama” (Dave Kehr).

  • In a Lonely Place

    • Friday, August 11 6:30 PM
    Nicholas Ray
    United States, 1950

    Archival Print
    Based on the novel by Dorothy B. Hughes

    Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame forge a fragile romance in Hollywood. “Never were despair and solitude so romantically alluring” (Time Out).

  • Ride the Pink Horse

    • Friday, August 4 6:30 PM
    Robert Montgomery
    United States, 1947

    Based on the novel by Dorothy B. Hughes

    Luckless veteran Robert Montgomery heads for a border town during its annual fiesta to avenge a friend’s death in this atmospheric postwar noir scripted by Ben Hecht.

  • The Hanged Man

    • Friday, August 4 8:40 PM
    Don Siegel
    United States, 1964

    New Print
    Based on Ride the Pink Horse by Dorothy B. Hughes

    Siegel provides his usual tense, no-nonsense direction in this early made-for-TV movie adaptation of Ride the Pink Horse, starring Robert Culp and set in New Orleans. With Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz in performance.

  • Don’t Bother to Knock

    • Friday, July 28 7 PM
    Roy Ward Baker
    United States, 1952

    Based on Mischief by Charlotte Armstrong

    Marilyn Monroe and Richard Widmark make an unstable pair in this psychological thriller involving a suicidal young woman and the jaded pilot who hopes to use her as a quick fling.

  • The Fool Killer

    • Sunday, July 23 7 PM
    Servando González
    United States, 1965

    Based on the novel by Helen Eustis

    In post–Civil War Tennessee, a young boy escapes abuse at home only to encounter Americana gone berserk in this eerily faithful rendering of Eustis’s novel. Anthony Perkins costars.

  • Bedelia

    • Friday, July 21 6:30 PM
    Lance Comfort
    United Kingdom, 1946

    Archival Print
    Based on the novel by Vera Caspary

    A beatific housewife, a smitten husband, and a trail of dead spouses dwell in an isolated Connecticut house in this gothic tale of “disordered emotions.”

  • Laura

    • Friday, July 21 8:30 PM
    Otto Preminger
    United States, 1944

    Based on the novel by Vera Caspary

    Detective Dana Andrews is enthralled by a portrait of elusive Gene Tierney in Preminger’s sleek noir, a study in duplicity that asks not just whodunit, but what “it” is. Featuring Clifton Webb and Vincent Price as preening rivals.

  • Night Nurse

    • Thursday, July 13 7 PM
    William Wellman
    United States, 1931

    Based on the novel by Dora Macy (Grace Perkins)

    Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Blondell expose Hippocratic hypocrisy—and plenty of skin—in this medical melodrama, also featuring Clark Gable.

  • Daisy Kenyon

    • Sunday, July 9 6:45 PM
    Otto Preminger
    U.S., 1947

    Studio Vault Print
    Based on the novel by Elizabeth Janeway

    Joan Crawford is torn between married lawyer Dana Andrews and tormented army gunner Henry Fonda. “That rarest of Hollywood entities: a realist romance” (Los Angeles Times).

  • The Blue Gardenia

    • Wednesday, July 5 7 PM
    Fritz Lang
    United States, 1953

    Based on “The Gardenia” by Vera Caspary

    Switchboard operator flatmates Anne Baxter, Ann Sothern, and Jeff Donnell mix with predatory sketch artist Raymond Burr and cynical newspaperman Richard Conte in  Lang’s combination of women’s picture and film noir.

  • Strangers on a Train

    • Saturday, July 1 5:30 PM
    Alfred Hitchcock
    United States, 1951

    BAMPFA Student Committee Pick
    Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith

    A tennis star and a stranger offer to kill off each other’s relatives in Hitchcock’s polished adaptation (cowritten by Raymond Chandler). “A gripping, palm-sweating piece of suspense” (Variety).

  • Purple Noon

    • Saturday, July 1 8:15 PM
    René Clément
    France, 1959

    Based on The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith

    Clément’s adaptation is a dazzling sea-blue film noir starring Alain Delon as an idle, lethal young American in Europe.

  • The Reckless Moment

    • Thursday, June 29 7 PM
    Max Ophuls
    United States, 1949

    Based on The Blank Wall by Elizabeth Sanxay Holding

    Housewife Joan Bennett must cope with a killing, blackmail, and the everyday pressures of domesticity in this stunning suburban noir. “An underrated gem” (Phillip Lopate).