Nightmare Alley (1947)
THURSDAY, MARCH 21 AT 11:00AM
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Darkness lurks behind the bright lights of a traveling carnival in one of the most haunting and perverse film noirs of the 1940s. Adapted from the scandalous best seller by William Lindsay Gresham, Nightmare Alley gave Tyrone Power a chance to subvert his matinee-idol image with a ruthless performance as Stanton Carlisle, a small-time carny whose unctuous charm propels him to fame as a charlatan spiritualist, but whose unchecked ambition leads him down a path of moral degradation and self-destruction. Although its strange, sordid atmosphere shocked contemporary audiences, this shadowy reflection of postwar angst has now taken its place as one of the defining noirs of its era—a fatalistic downward slide into existential oblivion. Also starring Joan Blondell, Coleen Gray and Helen Walker, Nightmare Alley was remade in 2021 by Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro, starring Bradley Cooper in the Tyrone Power role. (Dir. by Edmund Goulding, 1947, USA, 110 mins., Not Rated)