Presented in association with the School of Media, Film and Music, University of Sussex.
Celebrate one of the feistiest women in Hollywood history: Brooklyn born and bred Barbara Stanwyck. Enjoy two of her most iconic roles on the big screen – from wisecracking screwball heroine to film noir femme fatale. Saturday screenings will have introductions.
Few femme fatales were ever more alluring than Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck), who ensnares policy salesman Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) in her scheme to do away with her husband and claim the insurance payout.
Adapted from a James M. Cain story by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler, and told within a clever flashback structure as Neff leaves a taped confession for his wily colleague Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson), the film is a wellspring of the noir style, with John F. Seitz’s cinematography a textbook in angles and shadow.
The screening on Saturday 8 June will feature an introduction by Dr. Frank Krutnik from University of Sussex.