• Tal Farlow

    1950s/1980. New Zealand. Len Lye. 2 min.

  • Odds Against Tomorrow

    1959. USA. Robert Wise. 96 min.

Sunday, April 20, 2008, 4:00 p.m.

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

  • Tal Farlow

    1950s/1980. New Zealand. Directed by Len Lye. Lye's last cameraless scratch film, posthumously completed by Steven Jones, with a jazz guitar solo by Tal Farlow. 2 min.

  • Odds Against Tomorrow

    1959. USA. Directed by Robert Wise. Screenplay by Abraham Polonsky, Nelson Gidding, John O. Killens. Music by John Lewis. With Harry Belafonte, Ed Begley, Robert Ryan. Revered by Jean-Pierre Melville as one of the great 1950s noirs, Odds Against Tomorrow transforms the suspenseful heist genre into an explosive allegory of racism in America. Tensions mount as three men plan a bank robbery in upstate New York, with embittered former cop Begley trying to keep the peace between Belafonte, a nightclub entertainer with heavy gambling debts, and Ryan, a bigoted Southern ex-con. John Lewis's slow-burning, improvisational score, performed by The Modern Jazz Quartet with pianist Bill Evans, harmonizes beautifully with Dede Allen's taut editing—with its stretches of haunting silence and its use of shock cuts in place of traditional fades and dissolves—and with Joseph Brun's stark black-and-white cinematography. 96 min.

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