Although this was Burt Lancaster’s breakout role, Ava Gardner smolders on the screen in this moody tale about the crimes of love, boxing, and the mob. A visual epitome of noir, with low-budget sets, shadows that stretch the screen, and actors who give star-making performances. (dir. Robert Siodmak, 1946, 103 m, Universal)
“[Siodmak] sustains a fatalistic tone with the atmospheric touches that define noir, favoring stark lighting effects that throw his post-war world into shadow.” – Scott Tobias
Katie Cokinos: Has made over ten short films and in 2000 wrote, directed, and acted in the feature film, Portrait of a Girl as a Young Cat which premiered at SXSW. Katie produced Eagle Pennell’s film, Heart Full of Soul (1990); was a publicist for Richard Linklater’s Slacker, (1990). She was the Managing Director of the Austin Film Society, 1990-95. She was the location manager for films including Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, (1994). Recently Katie has written the screenplay, The Girl Vanishes, and co-written One Summer Day, both feature length romantic comedies.