The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week: NYC Repertory Cinema Picks, March 18-24

03/18/2015 9:00 AM |

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The Tarnished Angels (1957)
Directed by Douglas Sirk
One of the best films about America and all its whiplash-inducing contradictions. Rock Hudson is Burke Devlin, a hard-drinking reporter who falls in with a troupe of pilots who perform high-flying stunts to take people’s minds off the Great Depression. Soon Devlin’s the vertex in a love triangle between desperate flying ace Roger Shumann and his trick parachutist wife LaVerne (Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone). Devlin may be dead inside but he comes alive when he looks at LaVerne and imagines leaving his booze-and-ink-stained world behind. The Tarnished Angels shows a once-proud nation in free fall. You could pull up if you have it in you, but the ground’s rushing up to greet you mighty fast. Scout Tafoya (Mar 18, 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 9:30pm at BAM’s “Black & White ‘Scope: American Cinema”)