Classic Cinema Club March : The Perfect Crime
Films peopled by gangsters, police, and desperate opportunists
We return to the compelling crime genre with films peopled by gangsters, police, and desperate opportunists, in these morality tales of greed and power. While they plot and commit flawless thefts or meticulous murder, leaving no trace or trail, justice pursues them in the form of the law, fate, or a guilty conscience.
A drifter seeks work at a roadside diner and begins a torrid affair with the boss’s bored wife; soon they plan to kill him for personal and financial gain. Based on the novel by James M. Cain, the sweltering locale and sultry lust rising from the screen make this a stand out film noir.
Friday 11th March
A gang leader commands heists, robberies and jailbreaks, while plagued by disloyal henchmen, splitting headaches, volatile bursts of rage, and a fixation with his mother. In the most iconic of his many intense roles, Cagney performs like a livewire in a film buzzing with explosive energy. ’
Friday 18th March
The wife and mistress of an abusive man decide to get rid of him for good – then their boarding school is haunted by strange occurrences. Does someone else know what they’ve done or are their minds playing tricks on them? From the director of ‘The Wages of Fear’, an expert in sustaining suspense and tension, the film’s ending implored audiences not to reveal its killer twist to others.
Friday 25th March
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2nd March 2016