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Retrospective of Jacques Tourneur

Image: The Flame and the Arrow

The son of Maurice Tourneur, one of early French cinema’s preeminent directors, Jacques Tourneur ranks among the most fascinating yet most elusive filmmakers of his time. After working as an editor for his father and a director of shorts and B-features at MGM in his adoptive America, Tourneur eventually found a home in Hollywood with the success of his 1942 horror movie Cat People. He went on to make a series of striking low-budget pictures in the 1940s and ’50s: distinct, atmospheric works in a variety of genres (including the landmark 1947 noir Out of the Past), all notable for their wit, irony, and simultaneous precision and ambiguity.

This winter, the Film Society is pleased to present a wide-ranging retrospective of 31 films of Tourneur, the largest in New York City in decades. 

Organized by Dennis Lim and Tyler Wilson in partnership with the Locarno Film Festival, where a Jacques Tourneur retrospective was presented in 2017, curated by Roberto Turigliatto and Rinaldo Censi, in collaboration with the Cinémathèque Française in Paris and the Cinémathèque Suisse in Lausanne.

Selection of 10 Films of the series:

*Out of the Past
Saturday, December 15, 5:15PM
/ Tuesday, December 25, 8:30PM/ Monday, December 31, 9:00 PM
Dir Jacques Tourneur, 1947, 97 min. 35mm
With Robert Mitchum, Jane Greer, Kirk Douglas

*Cat people
Friday, December 14, 7:00 PM/ Saturday, December 22, 9:15 PM
Dir Jacques Tourneur, 1947, 73 min. 35mm
With Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Tom Conway

*I walked with a Zombie
Friday, December 14, 9:00 PM/ Saturday, December 22, 7:45 PM/ Wednesday, January 2, 9:00 PM
Dir Jacques Tourneur, 1943, 68 min. 35mm
With James Ellison, Frances Dee, Tom Conway

*The Leopard Man
Wednesday, December 19, 9:00 PM/ Tuesday, December 25, 4:45 PM/ Sunday, December 30, 8:15 PM
Dir Jacques Tourneur, 1943, 65 min. 35mm
With Margo, James Bell, Margaret Landry

*The Comedy of Terrors
Wednesday, December 26, 8:30 PM/ Monday, December 31, 3:30 PM
Dir Jacques Tourneur, 1964, 84 min. 35mm
With Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff

*The Flame and the Arrow
Friday, December 21, 9:00 PM/ Monday, December 31, 5:15 PM
Dir Jacques Tourneur, 1950, 88 min. 35mm
With Nick Cravat, Francis Pierlot, Burt Lancaster

Saturday, December 15, 7:15 PM/ Friday, December 28, 7:00 PM/ Tuesday, January 1, 5:00 PM
Dir Jacques Tourneur, 1957, 78 min. 35mm
With Aldo Ray, Brian Keith, Anne Bancroft

*Berlin Express
Wednesday, December 19, 7:00 PM/ Tuesday, December 25, 6:30 PM
Dir Jacques Tourneur, 1948, 87 min. 35mm
With Merle Oberon, Robert Ryan, Charles Korvin

*Canyon Passage
Friday, December 21, 7:00 PM/ Monday, December 24, 6:30 PM/ Friday, December 28, 9:00 PM
Dir Jacques Tourneur, 1946, 92 min. 35mm
With Dana Andrews, Brian Donlevy, Susan Hayward

*The Fearmakers
Monday, December 24, 4:30 PM/ Sunday, December 30, 3:00 PM/ Thursday, January 3, 8:45 PM
Dir Jacques Tourneur, 1958, 85 min. 35mm
Dana Andrews, Dick Foran, Marilee Earle
Full lineup here