The Crime of Dr. Crespi
1935, John H. Auer, USA, 63 min. With Erich von Stroheim, Dwight Frye.
- Fri, Oct 30th 2:00pm
- Sat, Oct 31st 3:00pm
Plays as part of a double bill with WHITE ZOMBIE.
Both films offered for a single admission price. There will be a 10-minute intermission.
Loosely based on Poe’s “The Premature Burial,” the low-budget chiller THE CRIME OF DR. CRESPI features Stroheim as a brilliant surgeon who nurses a secret grudge against the colleague who stole away the woman he loved. A critical illness lands the rival on Stroheim’s operating table, setting the stage for a hideous revenge. Stroheim’s committed performance is the film’s main attraction, with a striking use of extreme close-ups to convey his startling mood swings from soft-spoken civility to snarling contempt. Preservation funding provided by the Packard Humanities Institute. 35mm. (MR)
On Saturday, October 31, we present four fittingly fright-filled films: the vintage horror double feature WHITE ZOMBIE and THE CRIME OF DR. CRESPI, the new animated Poe omnibus EXTRAORDINARY TALES , and a new 4K digital restoration of Francis Coppola's BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA. Buy a ticket to one of these programs at our regular prices, and get a ticket to any of the others that day at this discount rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second and third programs only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)