ACT OF VIOLENCE
1948, Warner Bros., 81 min, USA, Dir: Fred Zinnemann

A dark masterpiece made during the Metro tenure of producer Dore Schary, this is emblematic film noir. Psychically scarred Robert Ryan stalks war hero Van Heflin from sylvan Big Bear Lake to the nocturnal underbelly of postwar downtown L.A. Robert Surtees’ stunning cinematography captures the dark side of the postwar boom, as well as superb performances from the entire cast, including a jaw-droppingly gorgeous 20-year-old Janet Leigh and a revelatory Mary Astor as a blowsy, street-wise hooker. Director Fred Zinnemann’s only foray into film noir is one of the best of the classic era.


DEAD RINGER
1964, Warner Bros., 116 min, USA, Dir: Paul Henreid

This well-crafted thriller provides a double dose of deception with Bette Davis playing twin sisters driven apart by love and money. When one kills the other to assume her identity, she faces hurdles in the form of two boyfriends - police sergeant Karl Malden and unscrupulous playboy Peter Lawford.


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