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Two Historical Film Noir

Wednesday, November 14, 1979
9:25 p.m. The Black Book (Reign of Terror)
Anthony Mann (1949)

“A film noir costume drama! Littered with an array of historical personages: Robespierre, Saint Just, Danton, etc. An undercover agent, Charles D’Aubigny, attempts to foil Robespierre’s evil plans. The action hinges on an impersonation and a ‘little black book’ in which the names of future acquaintances of Madame Guillotine are recorded. A fine Alton-Mann collaboration.”

—Errol Morris

• Directed by Anthony Mann. Produced by William Cameron Menzies, for Walter Wanger and Eagle-Lion. Screenplay by Philip Yordan and Aeneas MacKenzie. Photographed by John Alton. With Arlene Dahl, Robert Cummings, Richard Basehart, Richard Hart, Beulah Bondi. (1949, 89 mins, Print from Budget Films)