The Big Heat (1953)
The Big Heat (1953)

Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

The Big Heat

Fritz Lang | United States | 1953 | PG

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Wed 27 Mar 2024

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A searing story of an obsessively self-righteous cop’s (Glenn Ford) determination to smash a crime syndicate responsible for his wife’s death. Of Lang’s American films, this brutish noir most successfully combines a “realist” narrative with the more abstract concerns and design of his German films. The relationships between fate, justice, morality, individual guilt and society are traced across the paranoid and dense web-like connections between law enforcement and organised crime. Featuring a memorable young Lee Marvin as a sadistic henchman, it also includes one of Grahame’s most celebrated and sympathetic supporting performances.

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: Park Circus
Runtime: 90 mins

Event duration

90 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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