Film Series : Brit Noir

Ninety Degrees In The Shade

1965, Jiri Weiss, UK/Czechoslovakia, 90 min. With Anne Heywood, James Booth.

Show Times

  • Sat, Nov 12th 5:15pm
  • Mon, Nov 14th 6:00pm

"Off-kilter, compelling little mid-'60s thriller...cinematographer Bedrich Batka conjures up some stunning scope compositions here, almost in the same realm as his amazing work on the brilliant MARKETA LAZAROVÁ." — Mondo Digital

This rediscovered rarity, virtually unseen for fifty years, is a fascinating hybrid on several levels. It is in English, features a largely British cast, and was written by a British screenwriter (David Mercer of MORGAN! and PROVIDENCE), but it was filmed in Prague with a Czech director and crew. Stylistically, it is a blend of British kitchen-sink drama, sardonic Czech irony, 1960s sexual candor, and film-noir fatalism. In some ways a very dark spin on THE SHOP AROUND THE CORNER, the story centers on a shop girl (Heywood) caught between two men. The first (Booth) is her shop manager and lover, a married man who is stringing her along. The second (Rudolph Hrusínský of THE CREMATOR) is a rigorous auditor with a dipsomaniac wife (Ann Todd). The two sides intersect when the auditor uncovers embezzlement by the manager, who pressures the shop girl to cover up for him. DCP digital widescreen. (MR)

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first "Brit Noir" film on any Saturday in November, and get a ticket for the second "Brit Noir" film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second feature only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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