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Nicholas Ray Double Feature

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“There was theatre (Griffith), poetry (Murnau), painting (Rossellini), dance (Eisenstein), music (Renoir). Henceforward there is cinema. And the cinema is Nicholas Ray.” —Jean-Luc Godard

Bitter Victory

Nicholas Ray United States, 1957

Our next film by Nicholas Ray, a WW2 tale thrillingly taut, psychologically combative, and richly anguished, is more characteristic of the director—and one of his best. Reviewing it for Cahiers du cinéma, Godard famously proclaimed “Henceforth there is cinema. And the cinema is Nicholas Ray.”

Knock on Any Door

Nicholas Ray United States, 1949

We present a double feature by one of Hollywood’s most iconoclastic directors, Nick Ray. First up is an under-seen social crime drama made one year before In a Lonely Place. That film’s star, Humphrey Bogart, plays a lawyer here, but Ray’s sympathy, fervid and poignant, is for American outcasts.

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