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Mon 16 Mar 2015, 6:30pm–8:10pm

Where: Academy Cinemas, 44 Lorne St, CBD, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • New Premier 12 Month Membership: $165.00
  • Returning/Concession 12 Month Membership: $140.00
  • 3 Film Sampler: $30.00
  • Special - New 12 Month Membership - 2 Friend Join together at same session: $140.00
  • Special - 3 Film Sampler - purchase before 1 April: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: AuckFilmSoc

The Tarnished Angels
Director - Douglas Sirk - USA · 1958 - 91 mins · HD (2.35:1) · b&w - PG
Screenplay: George Zuckerman, based on the novel Pylon by William Faulkner
Starring: Rock Hudson (Burke Devlin), Robert Stack (Roger Shumann), Dorothy Malone (LaVerne Shumann), Jack Carson (Jiggs)

“Initially derided by critics in the English-speaking world (though not in France), this version of William Faulkner's 1935 novel Pylon is now regarded as one of Douglas Sirk's masterworks. Shot in stark black-and-white CinemaScope, it's set in New Orleans and is about the desperate lives of itinerant barnstorming fairground aviators risking their lives as they eke out a living during the Depression… Rock Hudson plays an alcoholic journalist (unnamed in the novel but called Burke Devlin in the film) who becomes fascinated by the odd menage a trois of a former first world war ace pilot obsessed with flight (Robert Stack), his loving but promiscuous wife (Dorothy Malone) and his devoted mechanic (Jack Carson), who may possibly be the father of the couple's young son. Devlin becomes close to this family while writing a story of their irregular lives, but his involvement has tragic consequences.

“The Tarnished Angels is a polished psychological melodrama, meticulous in its subtle observation, but only the planes involved in the dangerous flying scenes are strictly of the 1930s. Sirk is here less concerned with social criticism than in his other movies and more with people finding a mysterious heroism in dangerous, degrading circumstances. Despite the demands of the Hollywood Production Code, it’s surprisingly close to Faulkner though stylistically very different. Faulkner thought it ‘pretty good, quite honest’. Reviewing his career in the 1980s, Sirk concluded that ‘perhaps, after all, Tarnished Angels is my best film’.”
—Philip French, The Observer

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