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NIGHTMARE ALLEY

  • 7:30 ONLY

$7 Member   $12.50 Regular

Introduced by Stuart Klawans, film critic for The Nation

(1947, Edmund Goulding) Learn the true meaning of “geek” as cast-against-type Tyrone Power moves from carnival barker to phony mind reader — learning the “secret code” from carny colleague Joan Blondell — to “mystic seer,” until he meets his match in ice-cold Helen Walker. The lower depths atmosphere is brilliantly evoked by Lee Garmes’ low-key b&w lensing. Approx. 110 min. 35mm.

NIGHTMARE ALLEY

This is our final event celebrating the 50th anniversary of the New York Review of Books. The NYRB Classics edition of the original novel by William Lindsay Gresham (first published in 1946) will be available for sale at our concession. 

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“The characterizations are studies in Film Noir. People are shown as venal, gullible, and obsessed with success at any price... Cyril Mockridge’s score eerily underlines the evocation of bizarre terror.”
– Joan Cohen