• I Want to Live!

    1958. USA. Robert Wise. 120 min.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008, 6:00 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • I Want to Live!

    1958. USA. Directed by Robert Wise. Screenplay by Nelson Gidding, Don Mankiewicz. Music by Johnny Mandel, with the Gerry Mulligan Combo. Susan Hayward gives a wrenching, Oscar-winning performance as Barbara Graham, the fiercely defiant, hard-bitten prostitute and petty criminal who went to the San Quentin gas chamber in 1955 on reportedly trumped-up murder charges. Drawing on contemporary newspaper accounts and Graham's own letters to chronicle her tortured final weeks, Wise combines crime-beat realism, noir suspense, and liberalist outrage. The film's dark passage from wild abandon to restrained pathos and tension is brilliantly evoked in Johnny Mandel's orchestral arrangements and in the West Coast sound of Gerry Mulligan's combo, featuring Art Farmer, Bud Shank, Shelly Manne, Red Mitchell, Frank Rosolino, and Pete Jolly. 120 min.

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