Of all the so-called “cult” directors who inhabit the film noir universe, Joseph H. Lewis is among my most favorites. With films like GUN CRAZY (1950), THE BIG COMBO (1955), and MY NAME IS JULIA ROSS (1945), Lewis established himself as one of Hollywood’s most inventive creators of B genre films.
SO DARK THE NIGHT is one of Lewis’ best but least known films. It tells the twisted tale of a famed Parisian detective who, while vacationing along the French countryside, is confronted by a brutal and baffling murder. With customary stylish bravura, Lewis invests this modest B picture with enough visual pyrotechnics to fill a dozen films. Utilizing many of his trademark touches, he takes us down a rather dark and ultimately disturbing path. This beautiful, haunting films stars Stevan Geray, Micheline Cheirel, and Eugene Borden and was photographed by the great Burnett Guffey! At 71 minutes, it more than delivers the goods, and how!
The film plays on Thursday, August 6 on an unforgettable double bill with Robert Montgomery’s RIDE THE PINK HORSE.
Showtimes 6:15pm and 9:30pm