Hollywood Moments: Richard Thorpe

Regarded as one of MGM's key players in the studio’s golden years, Richard Thorpe tried his hand at all genres and directed the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, James Mason, Joan Fontaine or Elvis Presley between 1923 and 1967. An essential cog of the system, he would nevertheless bring a personal touch to highly standardized productions, defying Manichaean themes of the era with his ambiguous and unsettling heroes, without losing sight of the tradition of the great Hollywood blockbuster: Ivanhoe, The Prisoner of Zenda...

Patrick Brion, film historian, creator and host of Midnight Cinema (France 3 television), will join us to discuss the retrospective.

With the support of the Embassy of the United States of America   Ambassade EU Paris


Night Must Fall by Richard Thorpe (1937, 1h57)
Danny is hired by an old lady and receives favors, under the watchful eye of her niece... A thriller about ambiguity and suspicion, with Robert Montgomery (who received an Oscar for his role) and Rosalind Russell.
Institut Lumière Sat.13 5:45pm | Lumière Terreaux Sun.14 9:45pm | Pathé Bellecour Thu.18 10:45am

Above Suspicion by Richard Thorpe (1943, 1h30)
In 1939, the Foreign Office recruits a couple of newlyweds to find a missing intelligence agent in Germany... A movie of adventure that wavers between spy story and comedy, with Joan Crawford and Fred MacMurray. First screening in France.
Institut Lumière Tue.16 5pm | Cinéma Opéra Wed.17 2:15pm | Pathé Bellecour Sat.20 2:30pm

The Thin Man Goes Home  by Richard Thorpe (1945, 1h40)
Famous New York detective Nick Charles goes on vacation with his wife; they’re about to be involved in a murder mystery... A dark, elegant and humorous drama with William Powell and Myrna Loy.
Cinéma Opéra Tue.16 7:15pm | Villa Lumière Thu.18 4pm

On an Island with You by Richard Thorpe (1948, 1h47)
Actress Rosalind Rennolds finds herself on the set with Lieutenant Lawrence. He has been in love with her since a previous meeting. Already engaged, she refuses his advances... An aquatic musical with the "Mermaid of Hollywood," Esther Williams.
Villa Lumière Mon.15 2pm | Lumière Bellecour Thu.18 2:30pm

Black Hand by Richard Thorpe (1950, 1h32)
Now an adult, Johnny decides to avenge his father, an Italian lawyer, murdered for denouncing the misdeeds of the mafia in New York... Based on real facts, this chronicle of violence gives Gene Kelly his first dramatic role.
Cinéma Opéra Mon.15 9:45pm  | Comœdia Wed.17 5:30pm | Lumière Terreaux Sat.20 4:15pm

Three Little Words by Richard Thorpe (1950, 1h42)
The true story of Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, writers and composers of hit songs... A musical biography about the famous duet performed by Fred Astaire and Red Skelton, in flamboyant Technicolor.
Pathé Bellecour Wed.17 4:45pm | Villa Lumière Fri.19 7:30pm | Lumière Terreaux Sat.20 1:45pm

The Prisoner of Zenda  by Richard Thorpe (1952, 1h36)
While visiting the Balkans, Rudolf Rassendyll discovers his resemblance to the future king. When the latter is poisoned the day before his coronation, his advisers ask Rudolf to take his place... A classic adventure movie of the golden age of Hollywood.
Pathé Bellecour Sun.14 2:45pm | Comœdia Tue.16 2:30pm | Cinéma Opéra Thu.18 5:30pm


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