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Lonely Are the Brave  /  Strangers When We Meet

Lonely are the Brave
August 20, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Lonely are the Brave  (1962)

Cowboy Jack Burns manipulates his way into a rural jail to affect an escape for his friend who's accused of abetting Mexican border-crossers.  When the principled friend refuses to leave, Jack breaks out himself, futilely attempting escape to Mexico on horseback, but bedeviled by unromantic cars and helicopters—pursued, it seems, by modernity itself.  An elegiac take on the drifter (a Kirk Douglas staple), the film has long been a favorite of its star.

35mm, b/w, 106 min.  DIR: David Miller.  SCR: Dalton Trumbo.  CAST: Kirk Douglas, Gena Rowlands, Walter Matthau, Michael Kane.

Strangers When We Meet  (1960)

A pas-de-deux of lonely suburban souls, Strangers When We Meet pairs a successful, married architect (Kirk Douglas) with an attractive married neighbor (Kim Novak), both misunderstood by their spouses.  They begin a furtive affair, around which discussions of fulfillment, forgiveness, authenticity and desire grow like tendrils.  Modern in its attitudes, the film also develops a theme of disaffection and world-weariness worthy of Douglas Sirk.

35mm, color, 117 min.  DIR: Richard Quine.  SCR: Evan Hunter.  CAST: Kirk Douglas, Kim Novak, Ernie Kovacs, Barbara Rush.