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BFI Southbank Guide Dec 2017

RE-RELEASES The Big Heat USA 1953. Dir Fritz Lang. With Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Jocelyn Brando, Lee Marvin. 89min. Digital. 15. A Park Circus release Fritz Lang’s stark thriller about a cop fighting city-wide corruption is also a classic tale of revenge and redemption After a senior policeman kills himself, detective Dave Bannion (Ford) begins to suspect a cover-up between his superiors, local politicians and a seemingly inviolate crimelord. Persisting with his investigations, he comes under attack, at which point his mission turns personal. Famous for its (off-screen) violence – notably a scene involving Gloria Grahame, Lee Marvin and boiling coffee – Lang’s film is pacy, unsentimental and to the point in exploring the thin line between the law and rough justice. The robust direction, terse script and unfussy performances ensure the movie feels strangely modern. Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large @BFI 13 CONTINUES FROM FRI 24 NOV


BFI Southbank Guide Dec 2017
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