Coming Soon to
Coming Soon to
'Hollywood Fears the Colonies' Double Bill
Academy is bringing two masterful classic Hollywood titles endeavouring to cast a critical eye on colonial projects abroad this Feb. The result is two unconventional, poetic and critically acclaimed films of the 40s wartime era and some fascinating bids at commentary on the West's disastrous interventions overseas.
20 minute intermission between films.
Special prices for Academy members!
THE LETTER (1940) // 95min
Producer: Hal B. Wallis
Director: William Wyler
Starring: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson
In Singapore, Leslie Crosbie (Bette Davis) shoots and kills a man, claiming that he tried to take advantage of her. She is arrested and her husband, Robert (Herbert Marshall), hires attorney Howard Joyce (James Stephenson) to defend her. During the trial Howard uncovers an incriminating letter that casts doubt on Leslie's story. The two become embroiled in a blackmail scheme involving a Malayan clerk (Victor Sen Yung) and the dead man's widow (Gale Sondergaard).
I WALKED WITH A ZOMBIE (1943) // 69min
Producer: Val Lewton
Director: Jacques Tourneur
Starring: Frances Dee, Tom Conway, James Ellison
'Canadian nurse Betsey Connell (Frances Dee) is hired to care for Jessica Holland (Christine Gordon), a woman on a Caribbean sugar plantation, who has a bizarre condition. The mysterious affliction baffles Betsy but when she falls for Jessica's husband, Paul (Tom Conway), she is determined to make him happy by curing his wife. However, in her quest, Betsey is drawn into the island's dark culture of voodoo and zombies and begins to uncover the Holland family's sinister secrets.