The fatalistic film noir classic “THEY LIVE BY NIGHT” opens the Arthur Lyons’ Film Noir Festival May 12 at the Historic Camelot Theatres in the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E. Baristo Rd, Palm Springs. The film will be introduced by acclaimed critic and film historian Leonard Maltin. The evening concludes with a reception for festival passholders and guests after the screening. The Film Noir Festival runs May 12 through May 14. All access passes and individual tickets are on sale now in limited quantities and can be purchased online or at the box office during normal business hours.
Passes: 2022 Arthur Lyons Film Noir Festival
Trailer: They Live By Night (1949)
THEY LIVE BY NIGHT (1949) RKO/WB 95 min. Dir: Nicholas Ray. Nicholas Ray’s expressive adaptation of Edward Anderson’s 1937 novel Thieves Like Us chronicles the fatalistic saga of a pair of youthful Depression era lovers. Bowie (Farley Granger) breaks jail along with a pair of older, hardened criminals (Jay C. Flippen and Howard Da Silva) and falls in love with the wide-eyed Keechie (Cathy O’Donnell) as the pair strive to craft a new life for themselves while on the run. With innovative camera techniques and an existential sensitivity, Nick Ray’s ground-breaking film debut is the film noir version of Romeo and Juliet.
About Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin is one of the most recognized and respected film critics of our time. He is still best-known for that now-annual paperback reference, “Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide”. A perennial best-seller, “The Guide” has become an indispensable tool for movie lovers and includes over 16,000 film reviews, with ratings and essential facts about each title. In 2005, he introduced a companion volume, “Leonard Maltin’s Classic Movie Guide”, which focuses on movies made before 1965, going back to the silent era.