The final film in our Summer Noir Series is coming up!

September 5, 2012

The Orange County Cultural Center and the Hillsborough Arts Council’s Summer Noir Film Series will show its final film on Sunday, September 16th at The Depot , 246 South Nash Street in Hillsborough, from 5-7 PM.

The final film in the series, “Detour”, directed by Edward G. Ulmer and shot on a shoestring budget in only 28 days, remains one of the best-known films in the genre. It was the first “B” movie chosen by the Library of Congress for its National Film Registry, in 1992, and also the first Hollywood “Noir” honored. “Detour” opens with New York nightclub pianist Al Roberts (Tom Neal) hitchhiking to Hollywood to join his girl Sue (Claudia Drake).. On a rainy night, the sleazy gambler he’s riding with mysteriously dies; afraid of the police, Roberts takes the man’s identity. But thanks to a blackmailing dame, Vera (the incomparable Ann Savage), Roberts’ every move plunges him deeper into trouble. This is one of the all-time great examples of film noir. It can practically be used to define the genre: shadowy black and white cinematography; a star-crossed protagonist, a femme fatale, cynical voice-over narration and ambiguous morality.

Admission is free, but donations to the Orange County Cultural Center and the Hillsborough Arts Council are very welcome.

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