*Inferno*. 1953. USA. Directed by Roy Ward Baker. Courtesy of Criterion Pictures

Inferno. 1953. USA. Directed by Roy Ward Baker. Written by Francis M. Cockrell. With Robert Ryan, Rhonda Fleming, William Lundigan. DCP. 83 min.

The British director Roy Ward Baker (Quatermass and the Pit) wound up his brief Hollywood career with this sun-baked film noir, starring Robert Ryan as an abusive millionaire left to die in the Mojave Desert by his adulterous wife (Rhonda Fleming) and her weak-willed lover (William Lundigan). Baker places the stereoscopic process entirely in the service of the story, using the vast, aching perspectives opened by 3-D to portray Ryan’s moral and physical isolation. “Viewed through polarized glasses, the angular but guileless Technicolor photography underscores the mounting tension and the clinical grandeur of the natural settings and personalizes only the immediate business at hand. While it still has far to go, in this tentative but sensible little undertaking 3-D comes of age” (Howard Thompson, The New York Times).

  1. Wednesday, April 11, 2018,
    7:00 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
  2. Tuesday, April 10, 2018,
    4:30 p.m.

    The Museum of Modern Art, Floor T2, Theater 2
This film accompanies Son of 3-D Funhouse.