A film noir series is currently casting a long shadow over the Omaha movie theater Film Streams. The upcoming week’s selections include two prime crime melodramas from the fifties, both frenetic dispatches from the height of the cold war: Robert Aldrich’s Kiss Me Deadly (June 8 and 9) and Samuel Fuller’s Pickup on South Street (June 11 and 12). The former is a nasty bit of apocalyptic pulp adapted from a novel by Mickey Spillane, the latter a chillier hard-boiled political thriller. These are movies that grab you from the start and never let go. Just check out the first two and a half minutes of the twisted Kiss Me Deadly, which thrust the viewer into an atmosphere of unrelenting paranoia. Even the title credits, appearing backward, speak to a warped world.
Two Stark Visions of the American Underbelly Hit the Big Screen
A new restoration of the groundbreaking vérité documentary Streetwise joins its companion piece, Tiny: the Life of Eric Blackwell, at New York’s Metrograph theater this weekend.