Burt Lancaster and Yvonne De Carlo in Criss Cross (1949)
Burt Lancaster and Yvonne De Carlo in Criss Cross (1949)
Criss Cross (1949)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

Criss Cross

Robert Siodmak | United States | 1949 | PG

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Wed 17 May 2023

The second great noir Lancaster would make with Siodmak (after his 1946 debut, The Killers). A potent sense of doom permeates this cynical portrayal of a postwar Los Angeles where no one can be trusted. With a visual style echoing German Expressionism (brilliantly shot by Franz Planer), it features a surreal, unforgettable heist scene whose spectral images of masked faces emerging from tear gas evoked wartime horrors. Concluding with one of the genre’s bleakest endings, this noir tour de force hurtles towards the inevitable double- and triple-cross suggested by the title. With Yvonne De Carlo and Dan Duryea.

Format: 4K DCP
Language: English
Source: Universal
Runtime: 84 mins

Event duration

84 mins




Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

Burt Lancaster (1913–94) didn’t appear in his first film until he was in her early thirties. Prior to his breakthrough role alongside Ava Gardner in The Killers (1946), he had a highly successful career as a circus acrobat and as an entertainer in the Special Forces during World War II...

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