Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Sat, Jul 18, 2015 - Sun, Jul 19, 2015
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Of the European émigré directors who instilled a distinctive impressionistic style into American cinema beginning in the 1930s, few have been more overlooked than John Brahm. A Hamburg native who trod in his father’s and uncle’s footsteps to become a skilled theatrical director before moving into film, Brahm left Germany a year after the Nazis came to power. After pausing in England to direct a remake of D.W. Griffith’s BROKEN BLOSSOMS, Brahm began his American directorial career at Columbia in 1937 before moving on to Fox for the balance of World War II.

His exquisite use of the camera combined with a personal yen for the psychologically offbeat resulted in his specialization in film noir (LET US LIVE, THE LOCKET, THE BRASHER DOUBLOON, SINGAPORE) and gaslight horror (THE UNDYING MONSTER, THE LODGER, HANGOVER SQUARE).

By the 1950s, Brahm had transitioned almost exclusively into television, becoming one of the most prolific directors in the medium. He did not abandon his dark cinematic roots as he helmed 10 episodes of “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” 12 “Thriller” episodes and a like number of memorable “Twilight Zone” entries along with numerous episodes of “Naked City,” “M Squad” and “The Outer Limits.” The evolution of film noir and horror from the big to the small screen is a historical testament to the career of John Brahm.

Series compiled by Alan K. Rode and Gwen Deglise. Program notes by Alan K. Rode.

Aero TheatreSat, Jul 18, 2015 - Sun, Jul 19, 2015
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Films in this Series at the Aero

Introduction by Alan K. Rode!
Sat, Jul 18, 2015 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre
Archival Prints! Introduction by Alan K. Rode!
Sun, Jul 19, 2015 - 7:30pm
Aero Theatre