The Big Knife, December 4
“Though (Bette) Davis gives her standard spectacular performance . . . it's (Olivia) de Havilland who gets the chance to show some unexpected range.”-N.Y. Times
“The subject of female team-tag wrestling could have been treated in terms of its sordidness and squalor. Instead, the characterizations emerge as warmly witty and sweet.”-Village Voice
“Aldrich pulls out all the stops in this pulpy, subversive political thriller about a band of rogue American soldiers who seize a missile base and threaten to start World War III if the White House and the Pentagon don't tell the full truth about Vietnam.”-Village Voice. With Burt Lancaster.
Introduced by Adell Aldrich. Burt Lancaster tracks an apache insurgent in this disillusioned Vietnam-era Western.
A garment-district noir with political underpinnings: “On the Fashion Front, a radical retort.”-Time Out
A grotesque parody of the disparity between real life and television “realism.” With Beryl Reid, Susannah York.
Introduction and Booksigning by David Thomson. “A brilliant predecessor to Kubrick's Paths of Glory. . . . Where Kubrick analyzes, Aldrich attacks.”-Time Out
Introduced by David Thomson. Aldrich melts down the B detective thriller into a vision of Armageddon in L.A. Ralph Meeker is Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer.
Hollywood didn't have to look far to find images of entrapment and despair. With Lupino, Palance, and Steiger.
Does a spinster-typist deserve happiness? Fifties psychiatry fare, alternately overwrought and genuinely moving in the expressionist manner of both Joan Crawford and Aldrich.
Introduced by Adell Aldrich. A beautiful, cynical, color, widescreen adventure set in Mexico. “This is the movie that immortalized for me Burt Lancaster's smile.”-Barry Gifford
Introduced by Adell Aldrich. Rock Hudson and Kirk Douglas in a Western that “quivers with psychosexual tension.”-Film Comment