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The Big Sleep (1946) & Double Indemnity (1944)

December 12, 2015 @ 7:30 PM - 11:15 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present “Archive Treasures: 50th Anniversary Celebration.”

The Big Sleep (1946)
Directed by Howard Hawks

Private detective Humphrey Bogart trails a blackmailer who’s vexing socialite sisters Lauren Bacall and Martha Vickers. Director Howard Hawks’ prismatic adaptation of Raymond Chandler’s dystopian novel turns the tables repeatedly, constructing a universe where victims soon become suspects, and vice-versa. Sterling direction, crackling dialogue, and the fortuitous teaming of real-life lovers Bogart and Bacall, render the film an indispensable noir classic.

Production: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. Distribution: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. Director: Howard Hawks. Based on the novel by Raymond Chandler. Screenwriter: William Faulkner, Leigh Brackett, Jules Furthman. Cinematographer: Sid Hickox. Editor: Christian Nyby. Composer: Max Steiner. With: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, John Ridgely, Martha Vickers, Dorothy Malone.

35mm, b/w, 116 min.

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Double Indemnity (1944)
Directed by Billy Wilder

Director Billy Wilder engaged hard-boiled writer Raymond Chandler to help him adapt James M. Cain’s novel Double Indemnity to the screen. The seamy story of a housewife who schemes with an insurance adjustor to kill her husband for the payout, the film became practically the last word in film noir aesthetics and moral vision, forever casting sunny Southern California as a place of dark shadows.

Production: Paramount Pictures, Inc. Distribution: Paramount Pictures, Inc. Producer: Joseph Sistrom. Director: Billy Wilder. Based on the novel Double Indemnity by James M. Cain. Screenwriter: Billy Wilder, Raymond Chandler. Cinematographer: John Seitz. Editor: Doane Harrison. Composer: Miklos Rozsa. With: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Porter Hall, Jean Heather.

35mm, b/w, 106 min.


More Info: UCLA Film & Television Archive Website


December 12, 2015
7:30 PM - 11:15 PM


Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States
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