Stranger on the Third Floor

Dir. Boris Ingster (1940). Not to be missed! Often considered the first true noir, this remarkable B-picture is set in an urban nightworld of dreams that blur the border between illusion and reality and demonstrates the clearest influence of German expressionism on American crime movies to its time. The fears of key witness in a murder case (John McGuire) are played out in a memorable paranoid nightmare scene. Ghostly Peter Lorre is the bizarre stranger who may be a slasher.
Fri., April 23, 1, 4:40 & 8:25 p.m., 2010

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