The Harvard Film Archive constantly highlights great movies at their cozy theater @ Harvard University. Tonight it’s a Wilder/Bunuel double header. At 7:00PM, DOUBLE IDEMNITY: “Indisputably one of the greatest American film noirs, Billy Wilder’s brilliant adaptation of James M. Cain’s hard-boiled masterpiece immortalized Barbara Stanwyck as a platinum blond menace, a malignant variant of her Lady Eve, set out to destroy Fred MacMurray’s arrogant Everyman… Double Indemnity’s dazzling screenplay sparks with sexual innuendo and revels in the dark beauty of Los Angeles, wonderfully captured by the Wilder’s bold use of non-studio locations.”- Harvard Film Archive
At 9:30 is El, a Mexican film made in 1952 by weirdo surrealist Luis Buñuel. If you’re used to Buñuel films like Un Chien Andalou, expect something a little less out there but still psychologically mind bending. “..this delirious portrait of obsessive male desire which follows a wealthy man’s descent from love at first sight to blind paranoiac fear that his young wife cannot meet his ever escalating standards of ethics and purity…El is overripe with unshackled Freudian symbols and oneiric energy…” -Harvard Film Archive $9/Students $7 @Harvard Film Archive Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts
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