Sudden Fear (1952)
Sudden Fear (1952)

Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Sudden Fear

David Miller | United States | 1952 | PG

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Wed 3 Apr 2024

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Lauded as a “masterpiece” of dramatic construction by François Truffaut in his first-ever review for Cahiers du Cinéma, this woman-in-distress noir stars Joan Crawford as a successful middle-aged Broadway playwright whose inheritance becomes the target of her new husband (Jack Palance) and his lover (Grahame, in one of several memorable noir roles from the late 1940s to the mid-1950s). Based on the novel by Edna Sherry and featuring stylish, moody visuals by acclaimed cinematographer Charles Lang, Miller’s film demonstrates Grahame’s brilliant capacity to play off a dominant star performer.

35mm print courtesy of Chicago Print Society

Format: 35mm
Language: French with English subtitles
Source: Chicago Film Society
Runtime: 110 mins

Event duration

110 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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