Schlock-Wire: Tallahassee’s Kino-Kola Screening Series Returns On 4/13 With A Film Noir Night

Spring  has returned to North Florida and with it comes the revival of the Kino Kola outdoor screening series at the All Saints Hop Yard.  This once-a-month event resumes on April 13th and the theme for this go-round is film noir.  First up is Beat The Devil: it stars Humphrey Bogart, was directed by John Huston and boasts a Truman Capote script.  It is followed by one of the all-time noir classics, Edgar Ulmer’s stunningly bleak Detour.  Four dollars buys you a ticket to the show and a bag of popcorn (craft beer and wine are available at the bar).  Read on for all the femme fatalistic details (and trailers for both films)…

Kino-Kola Double Feature Returns to the Hop Yard with Film Noir Night

Tallahassee, FL – March 18, 2013 – Kino-Kola Double Feature, the outdoor cult movie screening series which began a year ago at The All Saints Hop Yard, returns on Saturday, April 13th to Tallahassee’s popular beer garden following a brief winter hiatus.

The double bill for this 2013 inaugural program includes two heralded cult classics from the film noir canon: Beat the Devil (1953) and Detour (1945).  Both films tout traits typical of the film noir, a style of filmmaking which emerged in post-war Hollywood and portrayed a sardonic worldview in stories populated by hard-hearted rogues, mean-spirited crooks and sharp-tongued femme fatales.

Beat the Devil (1953), which stars Humphrey Bogart, Jennifer Jones, Peter Lorre and Gina Lollobrigida, was an attempt by director John Huston and producer Bogart to create a send-up of the very format they helped to popularize with The Maltese Falcon (1941).  Huston’s wry sense of humor drew him to recruit the services of a young Truman Capote, who laces the delightfully baroque script with seemingly endless strings of pithy and playful dialogue.

Detour (1945), starring Tom Neal and Ann Savage (an early femme fatale “with claws”) is a quintessential example of film noir.  Neal plays a down-and-out musician who narrates (perhaps unreliably) a meandering account of strange and dark events that befell him during a cross-country journey to meet a woman who may have little to no interest in him. This low budget potboiler was perhaps elevated by director Edgar Ulmer’s stylized treatment of the nihilistic storyline. Ulmer began his career under the apprenticeship of such great German Expressionist filmmakers as F.W. Murnau and Fritz Lang.

Guys and dolls are encouraged to bring their favorite lawn chairs and/or picnic blankets to this fun night of cinema under the stars.  Price of admission is $4.00, which gets you access to both movies and a complimentary bag of popcorn.  The Hop Yard gates open at 8pm at which time the bar will be pouring a selection of craft beers and fine wines.  Showtime begins just after sundown at 8:30pm.

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