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The Cobweb USA 1955. Dir Vincente Minnelli. With Gloria Grahame, Richard Widmark, Lauren Bacall, Charles Boyer, Lillian Gish. 123min. 35mm. PG Vincente Minnelli’s lush melodrama revolves around the struggle for power among staff and inmates at a psychiatric hospital. Grahame plays the neglected wife of Dr McIver (Widmark), frustrated by his dedication to his work and stifled by the small-town mentality of those around her. The colour photography emphasises her brassiness and enhances her waspish yet sensual performance. GLORIA GRAHAME 30 book online at bfi.org.uk SAT 2 DEC SAT 9 DEC 16:10 NFT3 20:45 NFT2 Oklahoma! USA 1955. Dir Fred Zinnemann. With Gloria Grahame, Shirley Jones, Gordon MacRae, Rod Steiger. 147min. Digital. U While she was not a natural chanteuse (in fact her singing was dubbed in Naked Alibi) Grahame’s naïve, endearing vocal style in this musical western brings genuine charm to her portrayal of Ado Annie. Annie’s romantic to-ing SUN 17 DEC SAT 23 DEC WED 27 DEC 14:50 NFT1 14:50 NFT3 17:50 NFT3 and fro-ing offers comic relief from Rod Steiger’s menacing pursuit of the wholesome Laurey (Jones), while the whole is interspersed with some of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s liveliest tunes. Odds Against Tomorrow USA 1959. Dir Robert Wise. With Gloria Grahame, Robert Ryan, Harry Belafonte, Shelley Winters. 96min. 35mm. 12A Director Robert Wise offers a heist movie with a twist, as Robert Ryan’s troubled WWII veteran confronts his prejudices when he embarks on a bank job with a black jazz performer (Belafonte). A very personal project for Belafonte, the film is one of the last Hollywood noirs ever produced. Grahame makes an impression in the small role of Ryan’s sexually frustrated neighbour, in her swansong as a screen siren. SAT 9 DEC THU 14 DEC 14:30 NFT3 20:40 NFT2


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