Detour (new 4K restoration)

(USA/1945—directed by Edgar G. Ulmer) 

From the gutters of Poverty Row came a movie that, more than any other, epitomizes the dark fatalism at the heart of film noir. Hitchhiking from New York to Los Angeles, a down-on-his-luck nightclub pianist (Tom Neal) finds himself with a dead body on his hands and nowhere to run—a nightmare that goes from bad to worse when he picks up the most vicious femme fatale in cinema history, the snarling, monstrously conniving drifter, Vera (Ann Savage).

Working with no-name stars on the lowest of budgets, the legendary Edgar G. Ulmer turned threadbare production values and seedy atmosphere into indelible pulp poetry. Long available only in ragged, public domain prints, Detour haunts anew in its first major restoration, thanks to the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation, in collaboration with Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique, The Museum of Modern Art and the Cinémathèque Française. Funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation. (68 min.) 

 

“One of the most daring and perverse works of art to ever come out of Hollywood.” -Dave Kehr, The New York Times

 

 

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