The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week: NYC Repertory Cinema Picks, June 3-9

06/03/2015 10:05 AM |

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Gun Crazy
Directed by Joseph H. Lewis
It might be reductive to take every gun in film history as a phallus, but Lewis’s brisk noir romp knows the power in doing so. Hays Code restrictions kept the central gun-equals-dick-equals-power-equals-sex tangle firmly in the realm of the metaphorical in this gun-loving-boy-meets-gun-loving-girl tale, but it works out in Gun Crazy’s favor. As a result, the film draws its (anti-?) phallic power from lurid levels of insinuation and affect rather than anything explicit, crafting a proto-feminist tale out of the couple’s crime spree and the iconic power of an image of a woman with a big gun who knows both how to use it and what it means. Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli (June 6, 7pm at Film Forum)