Blake Edwards’ EXPERIMENT IN TERROR
FILM NOIR CLASSICS Hosted by Dean of Film Noir, Foster Hirsch
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FILM NOIR CLASSICS Hosted by Dean of Film Noir, Foster Hirsch

Blake Edwards’

EXPERIMENT IN TERROR

Monday, August 28 at 7:30 pm Members $11 | Public $16 | Includes reception

Lee Remick and Glenn Ford star in Blake Edwards’ chilling Noir masterpiece about an ordinary bank clerk who finds herself targeted by a cunning, asthmatic psychopath.

In 1962, writer-director Blake Edwards followed up the enormous success of the chic and sophisticated Breakfast at Tiffany's with a decided change of pace: a dark, Hitchcock-like character-driven thriller featuring nuanced performances by Lee Remick as a tormented bank teller, Glenn Ford as the federal agent on her case, and Ross Martin as the cunning, asthmatic psychopath terrorizing her. The first film Edwards produced as well as directed, and his first work in black and white, Experiment in Terror is as dazzlingly stylized as Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Trading the Big Apple for the Bay Area—the film's credit sequence floats over the Bay Bridge and the narrative's tense conclusion takes place in a packed Candlestick Park— Edwards has Henry Mancini swapping “Moon River” swoon for a spine-tinglingly eerie score for tremolo-drenched electric guitar and autoharp. (USA, 1962, 123 min., English, NR, DCP | Dir. Blake Edwards)