Double Feature: 'The Killer is Loose' & "The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond'
Monday, August 6, 2012
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm, UCLA Hammer Museum - Billy Wilder Theater
Budd Boetticher Film Series
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$9 general; $8 students and seniors; $10 online advanced purchase.
Free for all UCLA students with valid I.D.
'The Killer is Loose' (1956): This gritty noir inverts and interrogates the essential set up of Boetticher’s Ranown Westerns. Here, the solitary figure seeking vengeance is a straight psychopath, a veteran-turned-bank-thief whose wife was killed in a raid lead by Joseph Cotten’s detective. Cotten’s hand-wringing persona underscores the film’s post-war gender anxieties while Boetticher’s camera punches through the facade of suburban California to expose the simmering resentment and violence underneath.
Followed by 'The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond' (1960): Boetticher’s last film before beginning production on the fateful Arruza finds him working in broader registers than his previous films. The rise of Prohibition-era mobster Legs Diamond plays like a spoof of gangster cool: Diamond woos a woman, wins a dance contest and pulls a jewel heist all on a single day. It’s a narcissistic come-on that makes this smooth operator’s crash all the more shocking, a ruthless individualist left twisting in the wind.