Noir City: Lust and Larceny

Film scholar Eddie Muller will introduce the 14 titles in the "Noir City: Lust and Larceny" retrospective, which begins tonight with a double-feature of Pitfall and Larceny, both from 1948 and neither available on DVD. In the first, Dick Powell is lured into adultery by Lizabeth Scott. In the second, our favorite postwar baddie, Dan Duryea, tries to bilk a widow out of her fortune. (She’s old, she’ll die anyway! It’s not like she needs the money.) Duryea was born with an insinuating smirk on his face, and he delivers his lines with slightly squeaky malice—as if he were doing nitrous oxide hits before each take. Other stars in the series include Lana Turner as femme fatale in The Postman Always Rings Twice (Sunday), George Raft as a killer, Richard Widmark as a smuggler, and Broderick Crawford as a fall guy. All shows—through Thursday—are double-features, perfect for today’s hard-luck economy. (NR) BRIAN MILLER

Feb. 19-25, 2010

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