After showcasing a number of noir-flavored double features — including such satisfying pairings as The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)/Mildred Pierce (1945) and The Lady from Shanghai (1948)/Scarlet Street (1945) — Film Forum’s “Femmes Noirs” series culminates with this week-long release of Billy Wilder’s immortal Double Indemnity. In celebration of the movie’s 70th anniversary, Universal recently gave Wilder’s film a fresh digital restoration, which world-premiered earlier this year at the TCM Classic Film Festival. Tonight’s screening comes with an added perk: Victoria Wilson, author of the massive A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True 1907-1940, precedes the movie with a photo-driven presentation of Stanwyck’s life and stardom. Among the images on her docket are a batch of “rarer-than-rare nudes from the early 1920s,” taken straight out of Stanwyck’s personal collection.
Aug. 1-3, 12:40, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m.; Mon., Aug. 4, 12:40, 2:50, 5:10 & 7:35 p.m.; Aug. 5-7, 12:40, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30 & 9:45 p.m., 2014
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