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<i>Hangover Square.</i> 1945. USA. Directed by John Brahm. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive
  • Hangover Square

    1945. USA. John Brahm. 77 min.

Saturday, October 12, 2013, 4:00 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
  • Hangover Square

    1945. USA. Directed by John Brahm. Screenplay by Barré Lyndon, based on the novel by Patrick Hamilton. With Laird Cregar, Linda Darnell, George Sanders. Filmmaker Alexander Payne (Nebraska, The Descendants, Sideways) has included Hangover Square among his special To Save and Project Carte Blanche selections, writing, “Among the highlights of this weird, supremely well-made picture are the wonderful sound that characterized the Fox studio in that period, a Bernard Herrmann score that literally takes center stage in the last reel, and an early screen appearance of 22-year-old Linda Darnell (Ouch!). Once again, hats off to Zanuck.” Loosely based on the novel by Hamilton, author of the claustrophobic psychodramas Rope and Gaslight, Hangover Square is a consummate example of the costume-drama noir. Reteaming with director Brahm after the success of their nightmarish The Lodger, Cregar plays George Harvey Bone, a music composer in late Victorian London who experiences blackouts when he hears discordant sounds, unleashing his murderous, pyromaniacal tendencies. Hangover Square is memorable not only for its brilliant score and soundtrack, but also for its shadowy atmospherics and angular, deep-focus photography by Joseph LaShelle, the Oscar-winning cameraman who shot Laura the previous year. Preserved print courtesy Twentieth Century Fox. 77 min.

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Image: Hangover Square. 1945. USA. Directed by John Brahm. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive