The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $5 • NEIU Students: $2
Tuesday, October 3 @ 7:30 PM
Directed by Jacques Tourneur • 1946
Dana Andrews, his best worst friend (and compulsive gambler) Brian Donlevy, and Susan Hayward star in this bloodcurdling melodrama, set just outside Portland, Oregon, that Eden of the west. Jacques Tourneur’s first color feature is searingly bright, bloody, and vivid, creating a tense, volatile atmosphere well suited to expose the American Myth as a capitalist farce and elegantly weaving multiple storylines and characters. Working across multiple genres throughout his career, Tourneur does for the western what Cat People and I Walked With a Zombie did for the horror film, and the result is nightmarish and deliciously human. Formerly mistaken for one of the many well-intentioned but ultimately humdrum Universal westerns of the ’40s, Canyon Passage has been passionately rescued by the auteurist police, who really got it right this time. The incidental music, courtesy of Hoagy Carmichael, is particularly effective, giving the feeling that you’ve just arrived at a party that’s about to turn into a drunken brawl. With Ward Bond, Lloyd Bridges—and it wouldn’t be a western without Andy Devine. (JA)
92 min • Universal • 35mm from Universal
Preceded by: Porky Pig in “Wagon Heels” (Robert Clampett, 1945) – 16mm – 7 min
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