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BFI Southbank Guide Oct-Nov 2017

RE-RELEASES @BFI 17 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 rather than professional. Famous for its (off-screen) violence – notably a scene involving Gloria Grahame, FROM FRI 24 NOV 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 See p46 for our Gloria Grahame season


BFI Southbank Guide Oct-Nov 2017
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