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IU Cinema presents "They Live By Night"

Dreamlike, haunting, and deliriously stylish, Ray’s debut feature stars Farley Granger and Cathy O’Donnell as a young outlaw couple on the road, desperately attempting to flee from the police and from their own criminal pasts. The film introduced the type of existential anti-heroes that would preoccupy Ray throughout his career, rebel characters on the fringes of society and social norms set adrift from a permanent home. Later Hollywood crime films would replicate the amour fou scenario, but the visual poetry of this film remains completely unique to Ray. (35mm presentation)

Perhaps no other Hollywood director represents the concept of the auteur better than Nicholas Ray, who worked within classical studio and genre systems, and fought with producers and executives, to articulate a personal vision and signature style. Although French cinephiles writing for Cahiers du Cinéma in the 1950s celebrated his career, he never enjoyed mainstream critical or commercial success while making movies in the U.S. This series provides an opportunity to revisit a group of Ray’s films in the wake of his 2011 centenary and his auteurist legacy. Special thanks to Will Scheibel.

Sunday January 27, 2013 03:00 PM
Sunday January 27, 2013 04:30 PM
The Indiana University Cinema is located at 1213 E. 7th Street, Bloomington, Indiana. We are located at the East end of the IU Auditorium building. Our main entrance is on the North side, facing the Wells Library.
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Tickets are available at the IU Auditorium Box Office, 812-855-1103, Monday - Friday 10:00am--5:00pm and in the IU Cinema lobby 1 hour prior to screening, if tickets are still available.
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