Saturday, December 08, 2007
VAL NEWTON AT LINCOLN CENTER FILM SOCIETY
Val Lewton Double Feature
Thursday, Dec. 13, 6:30 pm and 9:00 pm at the Walter Reade Theater
Film critic, scholar and Film Society's Associate Director of Programming Kent Jones has made a tribute to one of American cinema's most innovative producers: VAL LEWTON: THE MAN IN THE SHADOWS takes us through the whole range of Lewton's work, detailing his close working relationships with directors such as Jacques Tourneur, Robert Wise and Mark Robson as well as the evolution of the major themes and motifs found in the films.
Kent Jones' film, together with what for many is Lewton's masterpiece, Jacques Tourneur's I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE, will be shown as a double feature (one ticket / two films!).
"After assisting David O. Selznick on GONE WITH THE WIND, producer Val Lewton accepted a job at RKO running his own production unit. His first film there, CAT PEOPLE, became one of the sleeper hits of 1942 and is today recognized as one of the true classics of the horror genre. Over the next decade, the Lewton unit would create a string of subtle, elegant films, low perhaps in budget but always high in craft and intelligence.
Of special interest is Jones' discussion of Lewton's non-horror work, such as the early juvenile delinquency drama YOUTH RUNS WILD, a provocative suggestion of the directions Lewton's work might have explored if his career had not been so tragically brief."
Kent Jones will be onstage to discuss his film after the screening, and to introduce Jacques Tourneur's I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE.
Tickets to VAL LEWTON: THE MAN IN THE SHADOWS are $11 for Film Society members; $15 for the public, and include a complimentary ticket for I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE.
Tickets to I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE are also available: $7 for Film Society members; $11 for the public.
VAL LEWTON: THE MAN IN THE SHADOWS
Kent Jones, US, 2007; 77m
Thu Dec 13: 6:30pm
I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE
Jacques Tourneur, US, 1943; 69m
Thu Dec 13: 9:00pm