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Critic's Pick: 'Naked City' noir series at LACMA

Kenneth Turan recommends 'Naked City: New York Noir and Neorealism,' which includes screenings of 'Where the Sidewalk Ends,' 'Little Fugitive,' more.

February 14, 2013|By Kenneth Turan
  • Dana Andrews, left, and Gene Tierney in "Where the Sidewalk Ends."
Dana Andrews, left, and Gene Tierney in "Where the Sidewalk Ends." (UCLA Arts Library Special…)

The excellent Stanley Kubrick exhibition now at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is not only a great thing in and of itself, it also inspired a fine repertory series, "Naked City: New York Noir and Neorealism," which is currently playing at LACMA's Bing Theater. Showcasing features shot on location around New York during the time Kubrick was working as a photographer in the city, the series kicks into high gear this weekend. Friday's double bill begins at 7:30 p.m. with Otto Preminger's gritty "Where the Sidewalk Ends," a bleak noir starring the "Laura" couple of Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney. That's followed at 9 p.m. by the dialogue-less "The Thief," starring Ray Milland as a nuclear physicist in serious trouble. Saturday's showings begin at 7:30 p.m. with Morris Engel's "Little Fugitive," the story of a 7-year-old boy on the lam in Coney Island that is often cited as an inspiration for the French New Wave. Screening at 9 p.m. is "The Window," taken from a story by chillmeister Cornell Woolrich titled "The Boy Cried Murder." More information and tickets at lacma.org or (323) 857-6010.

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