“Oscar® Noir” Caught Up in “Crossfire”

Beverly Hills, CA (August 3, 2010) — “Crossfire” (1947), a powerful thriller about murder among World War II veterans, 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 9, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The film will be introduced by Oscar-winning screenwriter Brian Helgeland (“L.A. Confidential”), with a post-film discussion with actress Jacqueline White, who plays Mary Mitchell.

Based on the novel The Brick Foxhole by Richard Brooks and directed by Edward Dmytryk from a screenplay by John Paxton, “Crossfire” earned Academy Award® nominations for Best Motion Picture (RKO Radio), Actor in a Supporting Role (Robert Ryan), Actress in a Supporting Role (Gloria Grahame), Directing (Dmytryk) and Writing – Screenplay (Paxton).

At 7 p.m., the Columbia cartoon short “Mother Hubba Hubba Hubbard” (1947) and the “Valley of Death” episode 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 “Crossfire,” there are four 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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