SATURDAY, JULY 10 11:30 AM;
MONDAY, JULY 12 7 PM;
THURSDAY, JULY 15 9 PM.
The mother of all Law & Orders, Jules Dassin’s noir birthed the modern police procedural. A young woman winds up dead in her Manhattan apartment. A pair of NYPD detectives (Barry Fitzgerald and Don Taylor) catch the case, but find precious few clues. Dassin’s camera tails them through the real streets of New York (a radical gambit at the time) as they sift through likely suspects, dead ends, and lucky breaks. The whodunnit is suitably twisty, and the climactic foot chase onto the Williamsburg Bridge still packs a considerable thrill.
1948 Dir. Jules Dassin. 1.33:1 B&W dcp 96 min.