Its bravura, baroque visual style, array of expressive characterisation, depth of allusion and metaphor confirm Aldrich’s seminal and most-celebrated film as the apocalyptic climax of the initial noir cycle. Portraying Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer (Ralph Meeker) as a fascistic, moody and violent anti-hero caught between organised crime, government forces and the looming Armageddon, its startling mix of brutal pop primitivism, flip ’50s postures and modernist style and technique was a major influence on the nouvelle vague and Quentin Tarantino. Hardboiled script by A. I. Bezzerides.
Wednesday 17 April 2019 at 7:00 PM
Level 11 220 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
$27 - $295 (Admission by Melbourne Cinémathèque membership)