New York’s Film Forum is serving up a real treat — a two-week helping of Fritz Lang’s Hollywood pictures.
I love Metropolis (which I once had the extreme pleasure of watching with Forrest Ackerman) and M and all that, but I actually prefer Lang’s American films. (Please don’t beat me up.)
To name a few, Ministry Of Fear (1944), The Big Heat (1953) and Human Desire (1954) are all terrific. And the very thought of seeing Man Hunt (1941), on film, actually projected on a screen gives me goosebumps.
But the one that raises my blood pressure is a rare chance to see his whacked-out Western Rancho Notorious (1952), starring Marlene Dietrich and Arthur Kennedy. It’s showing February 6th and 7th. This overlooked masterpiece may even out-weird the only thing I can think of to compare it to — Nicholas Ray’s Johnny Guitar (1954).
They’re also running a night (Feb. 2nd) of two more Lang Westerns, The Return Of Frank James (1940) and Western Union (1941).