The Hanged Man
Film - Feature | August 4 | 8:40 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Siegels economical, no-nonsense direction in this early made-for-TV movie adaptation of Ride the Pink Horse (1946) is exciting in itself and well suited to Hughess clipped prose (her dread dream). Santa Fe at fiesta is now New Orleans but theres no magic in Mardi Gras, only masked threat. Robert Culp does his best Robert Ryan, sloughing off aid or empathy in the role of Harry Pace, in town to avenge his friend Whiteys death. Foreign as it is, New Orleans is pretty white; the other takes the forms of Cajun culture, Tarot, and Christian Science. With Astrud Gilberto and Stan Getz in performance.
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