“Oscar® Noir” Goes Toe to Toe with “Body and Soul”
Beverly Hills, CA (July 27, 2010) — “Body and Soul” (1947), the underworld drama from writer Abraham Polonsky (“Force of Evil”) and director Robert Rossen (“The Hustler”), will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ series “Oscar Noir: 1940s Writing Nominees from Hollywood’s Dark Side” on Monday, August 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The film will be introduced by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Phil Alden Robinson (“Sneakers,” “Field of Dreams”).
Polonsky received an Academy Award® nomination for Original Screenplay for the film, and John Garfield earned a Best Actor nomination for his powerful performance as a boxer embroiled in a battle with a crooked promoter. Francis Lyon and Robert Parrish won the Oscar for Film Editing for “Body and Soul.”
At 7 p.m. the Warner Bros. Daffy Duck cartoon short “The Great Piggy Bank Robbery” (1946) and the episode “Doom Ship” from the 1941 serial “Adventures of Captain Marvel” will be screened as part of the evening’s pre-feature program.
“Oscar Noir” is a summer-long series featuring 15 film noir classics from the 1940s, all of which were nominated in writing categories. Including “Body and Soul,” there are five screenings remaining in the series. A complete list of films can be found at http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/events/2010/noir.html.
Tickets to individual evenings are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. They may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, by mail, in person at the Academy during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of the screening when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.
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