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Obsession (1949) + extended intro by Richard Hornsey

Thu 7th September 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

- £8

Dr Clive Riordan (Robert Newton) has a problem. His wife Storm (Sally Gray) is engaged in a dalliance with American Bill Kronin (Phil Brown). How best to deal with it? The only way a post-war British man can: kidnap the adulterer, trap him in a Blitzed building and hold him until you’ve filled a bath with acid to dispose of his body. But then a strange dynamic springs up between the men, with Clive delivering Bill’s daily poison to the bunker in a hot water bottle.

Edward Dmytryk, a master of noir, made this thriller when banished to the UK as a victim of McCarthyism; as a result, it has an outsider’s keen eye for British manners and folly and offers especially insightful commentary on the rise of America and the decline of the British Empire. With a bone-dry wit that masks a chilling premise, this is a darkly humourous story of murder that shows how British men coped with the dawning realisation of post-war impotency. We are very glad to be joined by academic and writer Richard Hornsey, author of The Spiv & The Architect: Unruly Life in Post-War London, for an extended intro to discuss the film’s depiction of London life on the shadowy margins.

Details

Date:
Thu 7th September 2017
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost:
£8
Event Category:
Website:
http://www.thehorsehospital.com/now/blitzed-obsession/

Venue

The Horse Hospital
Colonnade, Bloomsbury
London, WC1N 1JD United Kingdom
Website:
http://www.thehorsehospital.com

Organiser

Nobody Ordered Wolves
Email:
nobodyorderedwolves@gmail.com
Website:
www.nobodyorderedwolves.com

Other

Certificate
PG

Details

Date:
Thu 7th September 2017
Time:
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost:
£8
Event Category:
Website:
http://www.thehorsehospital.com/now/blitzed-obsession/

Venue

The Horse Hospital
Colonnade, Bloomsbury
London, WC1N 1JD United Kingdom
Website:
http://www.thehorsehospital.com

Organiser

Nobody Ordered Wolves
Email:
nobodyorderedwolves@gmail.com
Website:
www.nobodyorderedwolves.com

Other

Certificate
PG