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Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 2 Mon, Aug 29 7:30 PM


Monday, August 29th at 7:30 PM

Otto Preminger’s


Guest speaker: Foster Hirsch, author of “Otto Preminger: The Man Who Would Be King”

Members $10 | Public $15

Copies of Foster Hirsch's books "Otto Preminger: The Man Who Would Be King" and "The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir" will be on sale at the event.

A parent's worst fear is a missing child, but what about when nobody believes that they existed in the first place? For Ann Lake (Carol Lynley), an American single mother who has just moved to England, this nightmare is quickly becoming a reality. Lake arrives in London with her daughter, nicknamed Bunny, to live with her brother Stephen (Keir Dullea). Ann leaves Bunny at a nursery school, but when she returns there is no sign of her daughter and no evidence that she was ever there. Stephen, a journalist, questions all who might have seen Bunny. As Ann engages in her search, she solicits the help of Inspector Newhouse (Laurence Olivier), a no-nonsense customer who begins to question her sanity. Featuring a memorable study-in-perversion cameo by Noël Coward — and The Zombies! (USA, 1965, 107 min., B&W, DCP / Director: Otto Preminger)

“Upon contact with an electric guitar, Otto Preminger, born in 1906, got a shock, which he conveys in this jangled psychological thriller from 1965, set in swinging London. The film’s real charge lies in Preminger’s view of a jolting, disoriented age of rock and roll. The mental chaos of the time is reflected in the behavior of the local solipsistic eccentrics (including a randy raconteur, played by Noël Coward), the nightmarish images, the backdrop of student protest and political crisis, and the frenzied soundtrack, which features the music of the Zombies.” — Richard Brody, The New Yorker

Foster Hirsch is a professor of film at Brooklyn College and the author of sixteen books on film and theater, including Otto Preminger: The Man Who Would Be KingThe Dark Side of the Screen: Film NoirA Method to Their Madness: The History of the Actors Studio, and Kurt Weill on Stage: From Berlin to Broadway. He lives in New York City.

Still from Otto Preminger

Film poster for BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING (1965)