THE HARDER THEY FALL
1956, Sony Repertory, 109 min, USA, Dir: Mark Robson

In this adaptation of Budd Schulberg’s bestseller, Humphrey Bogart (in his last role) plays burned-out sportswriter Eddie Willis, hired by a crooked boxing promoter (Rod Steiger) to tout his circus-freak heavyweight as a legit contender (based on the true story of Primo Carnera). Director Mark Robson crafts a fitting finale to Bogart’s legendary career and lands a few devastating blows to the reputation of the "Sweet Science." Also featuring Jan Sterling, Mike Lane, Max Baer, “Jersey” Joe Walcott and Nehemiah Persoff.


BONNIE AND CLYDE
1967, Warner Bros., 111 min, USA, Dir: Arthur Penn

Arthur Penn’s New Hollywood masterpiece follows the criminal exploits of Bonnie Parker (Faye Dunaway), Clyde Barrow (Warren Beatty) and the rest of the Barrow gang in the Depression-era Midwest. With Gene Hackman, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Wilder and Estelle Parsons (a Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner as Blanche Barrow).


NIGHTFALL
1957, Sony Repertory, 79 min, USA, Dir: Jacques Tourneur

One of the last true noirs of the classic era, this often-overlooked gem, based on a novel by noir legend David Goodis, features terrific direction from Tourneur and stunning cinematography by Burnett Guffey. Aldo Ray plays an artist whose life goes permanently haywire when fate interrupts a winter hunting trip. From then on it’s life on the run, dozens of double-crosses, psychotic killers on his trail, lots of de rigeur flashbacks, and a young Anne Bancroft decked out in sequins and lace.


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