Simenon 2020: The Brothers Rico – The Bottom of the Bottle
June 21 only
SIMENON 2020 SERIES
Films from the Father of Film Noir 1932 – 2017
SIMENON 2020 features a wide range of startling films spanning more than eighty years, adapted from the writings of Georges Simenon, the prolific Belgian novelist who became world-famous for his tales of Inspector Maigret and romans durs (“tough novels”).
Sunday, June 21 – Romans durs filmed in America!
THE BROTHERS RICO
Underrated Phil Karlson noir! A retired mob accountant (Richard Conte) is forced back into “the organization” when his brothers pull a hit but go to the cops.
(92 min, 1957, USA, dir. Phil Karlson) Screenplay by Lewis Meltzer from the Simenon novel of the same name. With Richard Conte, Dianne Foster, Kathryn Grant, Larry Gates, James Darren, Harry Bellaver, Paul Picerni, Rudy Bond.
THE BOTTOM OF THE BOTTLE
From a novel written during Simenon’s time in the US. An escaped convict (Van Johnson) seeks the help of his reluctant brother (Joseph Cotten) to cross a flooded river into Mexico: complications ensue!
(88 min, 1956, USA, dir. Henry Hathaway) Screenplay by Sidney Boehm from the Simenon novel of the same name. With Van Johnson, Jospeh Cotten, Ruth Roman, Jack Carson, Margaret Hayes, Bruce Bennett, Brad Dexter, Margaret Lindsay, Nancy Gates, Jim Davis.
*Start times for the second feature are approximate. One screening only at the Little Roxie. Seating is limited, so advisable to order tickets as soon as possible. Attend all of the Sunday shows and be eligible for a free festival pass to THE FRENCH HAD A NAME FOR IT 2020 (playing November 5-8—in the BIG Roxie, of course!).
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