THE DARK SIDE OF THE DREAM

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First show: March 23

FRIDAY, MARCH 23 – MONDAY, MARCH 26

The Dark Side of the Dream

THE DARK SIDE OF THE DREAM

Subversive cinema… for subversive times 1933-1964

Elliot Lavine returns to the Roxie!

What more do you need to know? Bay Area legend Elliot Lavine brings his I WAKE UP DREAMING mojo back to the Roxie with a hard-hitting series that takes a sharp look at the dark side of the American Dream. Six indelible double-bills hand-picked by Elliot (with input from Midcentury Productions’ maestro Don Malcolm…) to thrill and chill, excite and edify. Schedule details below. Festival pass is just $50 for 12 films—buy and save!

Friday, March 23

Try and Get Me! and Black Legion

TRY AND GET ME!  7:00

Frank Lovejoy goes bowling, meets Lloyd Bridges, and dark destiny takes over. Cy Endfield’s astonishing, incendiary look at the post-WWII American malaise builds to an unthinkable climax.  (1951, Cy Endfield)

BLACK LEGION  9:00

Sowing the seeds of hate—more than a quaint American pastime! See Humphrey Bogart in an early (1937) role as a man duped into joining a sinister organization with Un-American aims!  (1937, Archie Mayo)

Saturday Matinée, March 24

The Lawless - M

THE LAWLESS  2:00

Our tribute to Joseph Losey’s “social outcry” period begins with this tale of racial tension in a small town that boils over into mob violence thanks to yellow journalism. A lost Losey gem!  (1950, Joseph Losey)

M  3:45

Losey remakes Fritz Lang’s classic & fashions a nightmarish American version featuring an astonishing cast-against-type performance from David Wayne, complete with bravura sequences at Los Angeles’ iconic Bradbury Building!  (1951, Joseph Losey)

Saturday Evening, March 24

The Naked Kiss - Marked Woman

THE NAKED KISS  7:00

Constance Towers is…well, towering as a woman trying to rebuild her life after working as a prostitute. Director Sam Fuller pulls out all the stops in an amazing tale of pulp feminism!  (1964, Samuel Fuller)

MARKED WOMAN  9:00

Bette Davis tries to put the pimps out of business, and is nearly put out of business herself—for good! This is the film where Davis finds the steely edge that informs all of her future work! She’s ably supported by Humphrey Bogart, cast against type as a crusading DA. (1937, Lloyd Bacon)

Sunday Matinée, March 25

Heroes for Sale - They Won't Forget

HEROES FOR SALE  1:30

Richard Barthelmess discovers that America is more than a tough place for a war veteran—it’s an out-and-out racket! Legendary director William Wellman spills out all the setbacks and contradictions, but leaves room for hope (embodied by Loretta Young). One of the greatest but least-known pre-Code classics!  (1933, William Wellman)

THEY WON’T FORGET  3:15

Sweater girl Lana Turner is murdered—and it sets off a manhunt that leads to a false arrest, and a show trial of epic proportions. Claude Rains gives his first great performance as the unscrupulous DA ready to leapfrog justice in pursuit of political gain.  (1937, Mervyn LeRoy)

Sunday Evening, March 25

A Face in the Crowd - Meet John Doe

A FACE IN THE CROWD  6:00

Delusions of grandeur, American style—cornpone division. Andy Griffith burns up the screen as media-made monster Lonesome Rhodes, who gives his “handlers” the slip and charts a course for the sun as America’s first media-made Icarus. A still-startling cautionary tale from the embattled Elia Kazan.  (1957, Elia Kazan)

MEET JOHN DOE  8:30

Cynicism and idealism trade blows for a full fifteen rounds in Frank Capra’s tale of an impostor (Gary Cooper) turned into a folk hero by the head of a political cartel (Edward Arnold) for nefarious purposes. Can the jaded reporter (Barbara Stanwyck) find a way to undo the damage she set into motion? And what about the “little punks,” anyway? (1941, Frank Capra)

Monday, March 26

Body and Soul - We Were Strangers

BODY AND SOUL 7:00

The great John Garfield proves he can take a punch in this startling exposé of the boxing business—trying to stay clean in a dirty business while trying to choose between two women who embody opposite corners in the fight to know what “love is all about.” Riveting and unforgettable!  (1947, Robert Rossen)

WE WERE STRANGERS  9:15

John Huston made this little-known film between The Treasure of Sierra Madre and The Asphalt Jungle—and it might well be his most mature reflection on politics. Set in 1930s Cuba, the film depicts the desperate dedication of revolutionaries (Garfield and a superbly simmering Jennifer Jones) who dodge a menacing enforcer (a great performance from Mexican actor Pedro Armendáriz) in order to bring down a corrupt dictator. Featuring sensational chiaroscuro photography from Russell Metty.

FESTIVAL PASS  Just $50 — wake up to a dream come true with Elliot Lavine and 12 astounding films. BUY HERE

 

THE DARK SIDE OF THE DREAM: Upcoming Showtimes
March 237:00 PMBig Roxie
March 242:00 PMBig Roxie
March 247:00 PMBig Roxie
March 251:30 PMBig Roxie
March 256:00 PMBig Roxie
March 267:00 PMBig Roxie