Better Than Watching Paint Dry: Arthur Penn’s Florida Neo-Noir Night Moves in 35mm, Dec. 5

The Auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University – Building E, 3701 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
General Admission: $5 • NEIU Students: $2

Tuesday, December 5 @ 7:30 PM / NEIU
Directed by Arthur Penn • 1975
Sam Spade he is not, but when an aging former actress hires private eye Harry Moseby to find her missing teenage daughter Delly he plunges head-first down the rabbit hole. Gene Hackman (as Moseby) leads the cast in Arthur Penn’s melancholy tropical noir, which includes fantastic early performances by both 17-year-old Melanie Griffith (in her first credited role) as Delly and James Woods as Quentin, Delly’s ex and a Hollywood stunt-vehicle mechanic. When Moseby finds her in the Florida Keys with her stepfather (John Crawford) and his girlfriend (a magnetic Jennifer Warren), a body is discovered in the water; the plot thickens, and thickens some more. Attempting to navigate the twists and turns while keeping your head above water is both part of the joy and part of the horror of Night Moves. A woozy post-Watergate deathtrip made at a time when, in the director’s own words, “We were wandering around in a kind of blindness…I thought we should tell this detective story in a way that could only be understood by what we see, not by what we are told.” Penned with dexterity by Alan Sharp (The Hired Hand, Ulzana’s Raid), Night Moves has gained a reputation as both a ’70s classic and one of Penn’s finest films. (RL)
99 min • Warner Bros. • 35mm from Warner Bros.
Short: Dragnet: “The Big Setup” (Jack Webb, 1956) – 35mm – 30 min

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