(Boris Ingster, 1940) · Often cited as the first "true" film noir of the classic period (1940-1959), Stranger on the Third Floor features an innocent protagonist falsely accused of a crime who is desparate to clear himself. Reporter Michael Ward is the key witness to a murder and is soon accused of a similar crime himself. Print courtesy of the Library of Congress
runtime: 64m format: 35mm
(Diego Arsuaga, 1997) · This thriller from Uruguay tells the story of a Spanish woman who hires a private detective to track down her missing husband, entangling herself in a criminal underworld and instigating a journey into the forgotten crevasses and unexpected beauty of Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. You may have seen city symphony films (like Wings of Desire) before, but you probably haven't seen a Uruguayan one. We know we haven't, which is why we're so excited to pull this hidden gem from our vaults.
runtime: 94m format: 35mm