U.S., 1945, 68 min, 4K DCP, Dir. Edgar G. Ulmer, Not Rated, Janus Films

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Saturday, 3/23 & Tuesday, 3/26

“One of the most daring and thoroughly perverse works of art ever to come out of Hollywood.” – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

“It lives on, haunting and creepy, an embodiment of the guilty soul of film noir. No one who has seen it has easily forgotten it.” – Roger Ebert, Great Movies

From the gutters of Poverty Row came a movie that, perhaps more than any other, epitomizes the dark fatalism at the heart of film noir. As he hitchhikes his way from New York to Los Angeles, a down-on-his-luck nightclub pianist (Tom Neal) finds himself with a dead body on his hands and nowhere to run - a waking nightmare that goes from bad to worse when he picks up the most vicious femme fatale in cinema history, Anne Savage’s snarling, monstrously conniving drifter Vera. Working with no-name stars on a bargain-basement budget, B auteur Edgar G. Ulmer turned threadbare production values and seedy low-rent atmosphere into indelible pulp poetry. Long available only in substandard public domain prints, Detour haunts anew in its first major restoration. 4K restoration

The Tuesday, 3/26 screening will be introduced by Michael Patrick Gillespie, a Professor of English at Florida International University, who will also lead a post-screening Q&A. His latest book, Film Appreciation through Genres, was published in January.

In addition to our new releases, be sure to join us for these special limited, or one-time-only, screenings.

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