1947. USA. Edmund Goulding. 111 min.
Sunday, December 23, 2007, 2:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1947. USA. Directed by Edmund Goulding. Screenplay by Jules Furthman, based on the novel by William Lindsay Gresham. Cinematography by Lee Garmes. With Tyrone Power, Coleen Gray, Helen Walker, Mike Mazurki. Blondell is superb as Zeena, a carnival psychic married to a hopeless drunk but in love with a con man played by Power. She eventually winds up with Bruno, portrayed by wrestler-turned-actor Mazurki, the Arnold Schwarzenegger of his day. Highly atmospheric, the film is a throwback to the work Furthman and Garmes did on Josef von Sternberg's masterpieces Morocco (1930) and Shanghai Express (1932) (Marlene Dietrich, star of both films, was considered for the psychiatrist role in Nightmare Alley)—and a surprising anticipation of the worlds of John Waters and David Lynch. 111 min.
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