Streets of No Return: The Dark Cinema of David Goodis

8/1/08 to 8/23/08

Filmmakers have long found sordid inspiration in the dead-end tales of pulp writer David Goodis. In films by Jacques Tourneur, François Truffaut, and many others, this series explores a noir universe peopled with tormented losers and doomed lowlifes, where Goodis's obsessions are written-or rewritten-on the screen.

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  • Moon in the Gutter

    • Saturday, August 23 6:30 pm

    Introduced by Elliot Lavine. Jean-Jacques Beineix evokes Goodis's murky and haunted world with sinister artifice. Starring Gérard Depardieu and Nastassia Kinski.

  • The Professional Man x Two

    • Thursday, August 21 6:30 pm

    Nicholas Kazan in Person. Kazan and Steven Soderbergh directed two totally different TV takes on the same Goodis story.

  • And Hope to Die

    • Thursday, August 21 8:30 pm

    Jean-Louis Trintignant and Robert Ryan in René Clément's study of pent-up rivalries in a claustrophobic gangland hideout.

  • The Burglars

    • Thursday, August 14 6:30 pm

    Starring Jean-Paul Belmondo, this French retooling of The Burglar shifts the action to Greece, with a famed car chase as centerpiece of the high-speed caper.

  • Descent into Hell

    • Sunday, August 10 7:00 pm

    A boozehound author and his chilly wife go to the tropics to revive their marriage, but Haiti becomes a stand-in for hell.

  • Nightfall

    • Thursday, August 7 6:30 pm

    Introduced by Eddie Muller. Jacques Tourneur's noir unravels fall guy Aldo Ray's paranoid past. With stunning outdoor cinematography by Burnett Guffey.

  • The Burglar

    • Thursday, August 7 8:30 pm

    Introduced by Eddie Muller. A miasma of incestuous desire hangs over thief Dan Duryea and sister Jayne Mansfield in Goodis's pulpy plot.

  • Shoot the Piano Player

    • Tuesday, August 5 7:30 pm

    See August 2.

  • Shoot the Piano Player

    • Saturday, August 2 6:30 pm

    Introduced by Mike White. A brand-new print of Truffaut's frolicsome yet faithful genre pastiche, starring a hangdog Charles Aznavour. Repeated on August 5.

  • Dark Passage

    • Friday, August 1 7:00 pm

    Introduced by Barry Gifford. A prison escapee has plastic surgery and turns out to be Humphrey Bogart: Delmer Daves experiments with a subjective camera in this S.F.-set noir. With Lauren Bacall.

  • The Unfaithful

    • Friday, August 1 9:15 pm

    Introduction by Dan Hodges. Ann Sheridan is a wartime adulteress who pays the price when the troops come home in this dank drama.