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“One of the most tragic and compelling of film noir.” – Alain Silver
German refugee Robert Siodmak landed in Hollywood during WW2 and worked as a journeyman director for a mere decade and a half before returning to Europe. From 1944 to 1949 he made a series of noirs that set the standard for the genre, none more so than Criss Cross, a dark tale of passion, envy, betrayal and violence set around the narrative of an armoured car robbery. 1940s noir icons Burt Lancaster and Dan Duryea battle it out for the affection of the stunning Yvonne De Carlo, while setting up patterns of desire, dismay and unrequited love. Superbly restored by production company Universal-International, it will be screening at Cinema Reborn in a brand new 4K digital copy that emphasises every element of the bleak post-war world in which doomed characters meet their inevitable destiny.
The screening will be introduced by Jake Wilson, noted film writer and critic for The Age & The Sydney Morning Herald.
To read Bruce Hodson's detailed notes on the film, click here.
Burt Lancaster, Yvonne De Carlo, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally
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