A-|A+

MoMA

FILM SCREENINGS

<i> They Made Me a Fugitive</i>. 1947. Great Britain. Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti
  • They Made Me a Fugitive

    1947. Great Britain. Alberto Cavalcanti. 100 min.

Introduced by Wes Anderson and Kent Jones

Saturday, November 6, 2010, 6:00 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1



  • They Made Me a Fugitive

    1947. Great Britain. Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti. Screenplay by Noel Langley. With Trevor Howard, Griffith Jones, Sally Gray, Charles Farrell. A claustrophobic noir that anticipates Jules Dassin’s Night and the City, John Berry’s He Ran All the Way, and Joseph Losey’s The Criminal in its cynical vision of cruelty, corruption, and capitalist greed. Cavalcanti and his Austrian cinematographer Otto Heller drain the urban settings (the cellar, the pub, the prison) of all hope or light, creating what the critic Raymond Durgnat describes as a “sleazy brew of meanness and sadism [that] is Cavalcanti’s most poetic, gloomy mood piece since his avant-garde years.” Griffith Jones’s Narcy is one of cinema’s great working-class wretches, a “spiv” (black marketeer) in the tradition of Richard Attenborough, Dirk Bogarde, and Orson Welles; and Trevor Howard, morally ambivalent as the former RAF officer who gets mixed up in this racket, is especially brilliant, anticipating his defining performance in The Third Man two years later. Restored by the BFI National Archive with funding provided by The Film Foundation. 100 min.