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So Evil My Love
Directed by Lewis Allen with Ray Milland, Ann Todd, Geraldine Fitzgerald
1948, U.S. Set in the late Victorian era, So Evil My Love belongs to the subgenre of “Gaslight Noir,” its crooked scheming transplanted from the gritty modern city to the elegant society of Edwardian England. In one of his first brazenly bad guy roles, Milland plays a con artist who wiles his charming way into the heart of a missionary’s widow, who in turn abandons her morals to help her lover in deception, theft and blackmail. Studio vault print. Special thanks to Paul Ginsberg, Universal. NOT ON DVD!
“An exquisitely detailed portrait of a murderess, with Ann Todd perfectly icy-hearted… as Olivia, sending her friend to the gallows for the crime she herself committed." — David Quinlan
Ray Milland, the debonair romantic leading man of 1930s Hollywood, took on hard-edged roles as he aged, appearing in a string of films noir in the 40s and 50s. Best known for his Oscar-winning role as an alcoholic writer in Billy Wilder's The Lost Weekend (1945) and his turn as the machinating, murderous husband in Hitchcock's Dial M For Murder (1954), Milland lent his suave, unflappable charm to both Alias Nick Beal and So Evil My Love. Each highlights the actor’s effectively understated style, his creation of icily villainous characters who are at once malicious and seductively charming.
So Evil My Love
June 10 @ 7pm
Bright Family Screening Room
$10. $7.50 for Members & Seniors. $5 for Students.
Black and White, 35mm
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