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Nightmare Alley

Limited Release Black and White 35mm Print!

Nightmare Alley

When charismatic but down-on-his-luck Stanton Carlisle (Bradley Cooper) endears himself to clairvoyant Zeena (Toni Collette) and her has-been mentalist husband Pete (David Strathairn) at a traveling carnival, he crafts a golden ticket to success, using this newly acquired knowledge to grift the wealthy elite of 1940s New York society. With the virtuous Molly (Rooney Mara) loyally by his side, Stanton plots to con a dangerous tycoon (Richard Jenkins) with the aid of a mysterious psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who might be his most formidable opponent yet.

“While “Nightmare Alley” wasn’t natively shot in black and white, the film was lit in such a way with certain values and “cross lighting” that it resembled a classic black and white noir, and when del Toro began watching dailies in black and white, he couldn’t look away… Laustsen explains that the new version audiences will watch in theaters was not merely converted to black and white at the push of a button. They worked again with the raw files, adjusting the film’s color palette and taking care with each frame to give it a wholly new look, even though it’s the same film.”

Nightmare Alley

Mon April 18, 7:30 PM, Muenzinger Auditorium

United States of America, 2021, in English, 150 min • official site

Screenplay: Guillermo del Toro, Director: Guillermo del Toro, Novel: William Lindsay Gresham, Screenplay: Kim Morgan, Cast: Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Willem Dafoe, Toni Collette

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