Moontide | NC Museum of Art | Special Events | Indy Week
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When: Fri., Nov. 11, 8 p.m. 2011
Price: $5 ($3.50 for members)

Archie Mayo's 1942 dark romance Moontide tells the story of fresh and grimy love between French-born dockworker Bobo and suicidal waitress Anna. Bobo, a hopeless drunk, is friends with other hopeless drunks whose whimsical names (such as Tiny and Nutsy) misleadingly tempt audiences into thinking these characters may have even a shred of joy or lightness in their lives. Filled with murder, deceit and hopelessness, Moontide isn't light. It also had a troubled production. "Master of Darkness" (British Film Institute) and Metropolis mastermind Fritz Lang was the original director. Moontide was supposed to be shot on location on a quay in San Pedro, Calif., before the area was mined for the war effort, which resulted in an artificial indoor quay being built on a studio lot. Lang, who was already displeased with the project, became more unhappy with the film, and after a rumble with French star Jean Gabin, Lang was asked to leave. Mayo replaced him and produced a film that received mixed reviews.

One of the most promising aspects of tonight's screening is the chance to see a surrealist nightmare sequence designed by Salvador Dalí. Another perk are turns by the always-lively Ida Lupino, as well as Thomas Mitchell, an Oscar-winning character actor who specialized in good-hearted roles, who plays the evil and desperate Tiny. Tickets to the 8 p.m. screening are $5, or $3.50 for students and NCMA and Galaxy Cinema members. —Meg Stein



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