On Dangerous Ground | Nicholas Ray | United States, 1951

Film - Feature | February 10 | 4 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Ida Lupino, Robert Ryan, Ward Bond, Ed Begley,

Ray's study of the vigilante mentality is here personified in one pent-up, brutalizing city cop, Jim Wilson (Robert Ryan), exiled to a wintry town where a mentally disturbed killer is being protected by his sister (Ida Lupino) and the townsfolk are out for blood. Lupino plays a blind woman; we hear her before we see her, and the deep resonance of her voice alters the tone of the film. Set to a Bernard Herrmann score, the glistening urban noir gives way to a moody snowscape, where understanding and redemption come, as always in these fatalistic films, a few heartbeats too late.

 Free for Cal Student Film Pass holders | $7 BAMPFA members, UC Berkeley students | $8 UC Berkeley faculty, staff, retirees; non-UC Berkeley students, 65+, 18 & under, disabled persons | $12 General admission

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