No Way Out (Není cesty ven )

No Way Out
Program section: Noir without Prejudice
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Year: 1950
Country: USA
Length: 107 min.
Cast: Sidney Poitier, Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell, Stephen McNally, Harry Bellaver

Screening:

  • 19. 8. 2021 | 21:00 - Kašpar Sternberg Courtyard

This noir drama is one of the best examples of the social message movies supported by the Twentieth Century-Fox’s chief of production Darryl F. Zanuck during his extensive career (along with Elia Kazan’s films Gentleman’s Agreement /1947/ and Pinky /1949/). A young black doctor (Sidney Poitier making his debut) is called to a case of two wounded brothers – criminals. One of them is beyond help and the other one (portrayed by the typically wicked Richard Widmark) accuses the doctor of murder. Joseph L. Mankiewicz produced this movie at the peak of his career, at the time he (as the only person in history) was awarded the Academy Awards for both the screenplay and direction two years in a row, thanks to his cleverly-constructed dramas A Letter to Three Wives (1949) and All About Eve (1950). The screenplay to No Way Out was nominated for an Oscar as well, but it was bested by Wilder’s Sunset Blvd. (1950).

Milan Hain

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