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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Beat the Devil

1953, John Huston, USA, 95 min. With Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones.

Show Times

  • Fri, Jun 30th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Jul 1st 3:00pm
  • Sun, Jul 2nd 7:45pm
  • Mon, Jul 3rd 3:00pm
  • Tue, Jul 4th 5:00pm
  • Wed, Jul 5th 6:00pm
New 4K digital restoration!

"The resulting film does, indeed, feel like it’s being made up as they go along — in the best possible way...The new 4K restoration is a revelation." — Jason Bailey, Flavorwire

"It may be the funniest mess of all time." — Pauline Kael

This legendary, ahead-of-its-time, and still divisive film can be now be seen for the first time in its original form, thanks to a crisp new 4K restoration that tosses out a cumbersome tacked-on narration and restores about five minutes of footage excised by censors and nervous producers. Dissatisfied with the existing script, director Huston teamed up with rising literary star Truman Capote, and they proceeded to rewrite the script on a day-to-day basis, turning a semi-serious saga of colonial exploitation into a madcap amorality tale tailored for a disjointed postwar world in which everything is up for grabs. Like several of Huston's more serious classics, DEVIL serves up an assortment of ill-matched scoundrels embroiled in an absurd quest — in this case, for untapped uranium deposits in British East Africa. A bemused Bogie leads a cast whose clashing styles only add to fun, including Peter Lorre, Robert Morley, Gina Lollobrigida, and, nearly stealing the show, Jennifer Jones as a kooky blonde with an overactive imagination. DCP digital. (MR)

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