Dark Passage

1947 | Film Noir | 106 minutes | English

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Vincent Parry, convicted of murdering his wife, manages to escape from San Quentin Prison. Irene Jansen gives him a lift and smuggles him past a police roadblock. She offers him shelter in her apartment. Irene assists Vincent because she believes he’s innocent. Irene’s father was falsely convicted of murder and Irene has since taken an interest in miscarriages of justice. A sympathetic cab driver gives Vincent the name of a plastic surgeon who could change his appearance. This happens. When the bandages are removed from his face, Vincent learns he’s wanted for another murder. Madge, Irene’s acquaintance, was romantically involved with Vincent. When he spurned her she gave false testimony at the trial. Vincent now decides that his only option is to flee to Mexico. He asks Irene to join him. Hopefully, he can be with the one he loves and a far distance from the clutches of the U.S. police.

Cast
Humphrey Bogart (Vincent Parry) / Lauren Bacall (Irene Jansen) / Agnes Moorehead (Madge)
Why Stream This Film?
Many films made decades ago, including classic oldies, tend to become outdated with the passage of time. This is not the case with Dark PassageSeeing it today, it continues to grip and put viewers at the edge of their seats.  
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 93%
Accolades
  • Received 3 stars in Leonard Maltin’s MOVIE GUIDE
Still marketably cool, noir flows freely from the archives—the shadowy fatalism, rich racetrack patter, and character archetypes still leave heel marks on our consciousness. Directed with impressive verve by Delmar Daves, DARK PASSAGE is an overlooked honey.
Michael Atkinson

Village Voice

DARK PASSAGE has a sharp, brutal opening, macabre touches throughout, and a thick gruesome quality. Lauren Bacall’s charm and Humphrey Bogart’s ruggedness count heavily in a strange treatment of a murder story. Scripting is superior and dialogue frequently crackles. Direction is smart, with suggestion of the impressionistic approach.
VARIETY Staff

Today, more than seventy  years after its release, the reason to see DARK PASSAGE is Bogie and his #1 leading lady, and they don’t disappoint.
James Berardinelli

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Dark Passage

Drama | In Spanish with English subtitles | 135 minutes

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A riveting account based on writer-director Alfonso Cuarón’s early, middle-class life in Mexico in the early 1970s. The title refers to Colonia Roma, a neighborhood in Mexico City. The film describes the anguished role of Cleo, the household maid, Sofia, the wife, her husband Antonio, and their four young children. It’s a family that’s falling apart. Household events lead to many painful episodes: Antonio decides to go off to another life, Cleo becomes pregnant,  two of the children nearly drown at a beachside resort before being rescued by Cleo. They return to the home to find the bookshelves and bedroom stripped. Sofia and the children now face a hard life while Cleo bravely  carries on. 

Cast
Yalitza Aparicio (Cleo) / Marina de Tavira (Sofia) / Fernando Grediaga (Antonio)
Why Stream This Film?
 It’s rare that such a worthy film, still running in theaters and nominated for 10 Oscars, is also available for streaming.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus):
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Accolades
  • 75th Venice Film Festival, Winner, Golden Lion
  • Ten Academy Award Nominations. Winner: Best Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón), Best Cinematographer (Alfonso Cuarón)
  • Festivals: Venice, Telluride, Toronto, New York
  • Best Film of 2018: Time Magazine and The New York Film Critics Circle
There’s no other way to say it: ROMA is one of the best movies I’ve ever seen, and one of the most moving. If Norma Desmond had been able to see it she wouldn’t have worried about the pictures getting small.
Joe Morgenstern

The Wall Street Journal

Few directors tell large-scale stories with as much sensitivity as Cuarón. In ROMA he refined his style of marshaling various narrative strategies, including cinematic spectacle.  He uses both intimacy and monumentality to express the depths of ordinary life.
Manohla Dargis

The New York Times

The sumptuous film, based on Cuarón’s own childhood, reverberates not only with innocence but with the awful intuition of its collapse.
Anthony Lane

The New Yorker

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