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The Postman Always Rings Twice - Wellington Film Society

The Postman Always Rings Twice - Wellington Film Society

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  • Mon 2 Apr ’12, 6:15pm – 8:15pm


The Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Members free. Membership available at the door: $0.00
  • 12-month membership: $95.00
  • 3-film membership: $33.00

Tay Garnett | USA | 1946 | PG adult themes

This first and finest Hollywood adaptation of James M Cain's legendary crime novel (instantaneously banned in Boston on its first publication) was actually the third filmed version after unlicensed French and Italian versions in 1932 and 1944. Hollywood itself only dared approach the novel's white-hot subject matter after Billy Wilder had made his stinging adaptation of Cain's second novel, Double Indemnity. Heartened by the thought that Double's amorality was only marginally less incendiary than Postman's (a novel in which the leads make love beside the corpse of a man they've just murdered), MGM cast rising star John Garfield as Cain's opportunistic drifter, Frank Chambers, opposite new-breed sexpot Lana Turner, who gave her character, bored roadhouse waitress Cora Smith, exactly the right combination of dim greed and trampy, sexual self-awareness. As they go down the merry path of murder for money, they find it amazingly easy to persuade themselves that murder is the wisest course, and they end up in hell for their troubles. More film gris than film noir, it offers a biting moral conundrum at every turn. It must have driven the censors nuts with all its buried hints of sexual depravity.
– John Patterson, The Observer, 17/10/2010

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