Raw Deal (1948)

Halifax film screening picks — March 2-8

There’s a resurgence of interest lately in the 1940s and ’50s director of westerns and thrillers, Anthony Mann (for a quick intro see this 17-minute late-career 1968 BBC TV profile/interview on YouTube). The Wednesdays film noir series at the Dal Art Gallery gives you a chance to sample his work with the 1948 thriller Raw Deal.

“A woman helps spring her boyfriend from the state prison so they can flee to South America, but he insists on first collecting the $50,000 owed to him from a ruthless double-crosser played by Raymond Burr,” says the Museum of the Moving Image’s intriguing summary.

It’s otherwise a week of social justice film screenings in Halifax, including a new doc about the plight of Baha’is in Iran from Iranian Canadian Maziar Bahari, whose own story of imprisonment, Jon Stewart’s Rosewater, was recently screened here by Carbon Arc. Note that this Saturday’s screening is a presentation of the local Baha’i community and included a panel discussion afterward.

Here are my Halifax area screening picks for selected days this week:

  • Monday (Mar 2) — Honour Your Word, Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre, 7pm, free, director Martha Stiegman in attendance, co-presented by AFCOOP. 60-minute 2013 doc (trailer here) about the political & conservation struggles of the Algonquins of Barriere Lake.
  • Wednesday (Mar 4) — Raw Deal, Dalhousie Art Gallery, 8pm, free. Anthony Mann, USA, 1948, 79 minutes.
  • Friday (Mar 6) —  Vessel, 7pm, Carbon Arc Cinema @ the Museum of Natural History, $7, co-presented by Halifax Sexual Health Centre. Winner of the SXSW Film Festival’s audience award for documentary, as well as a special jury citation for “political courage,” Diana Whitten’s Vessel offers a vivid profile of the abortion-rights group Women on Waves, as well as its founder, Rebecca Gomperts (trailer here).
  • Saturday (Mar 7) — To Light A Candle, 11:30am, room 301 @ Halifax Central Library, free, hosted by Baha’i Community of Halifax. Maziar Bahari, Iran/Canada, 53 minutes, trailer here, followed by panel discussion. Bring a brown bag lunch if you like; finger foods and beverages available.
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