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Detour

Must-See Cinema! New 4K Restoration of a beloved film noir!

New poster for an old classic: the film noir thriller DetourThe film noir B-movie classic Detour is an object lesson in low-budget Hollywood artistry, and one of the few movies that can rightly be called Kafkaesque. It’s the tale of a frustrated New York night-club pianist with high-art aspirations (played by Tom Neal), who hitchhikes across the country to rejoin his girlfriend, a singer (Claudia Drake), in Los Angeles. But, en route, he falls prey to an intricate and riotous series of coincidences that lead him into the clutches of another wanderer (Ann Savage) and grind his ambitious spirit to dust. The film, told in flashbacks, is held together by a poetically lurid interior monologue and directed, by Edgar G. Ulmer, with harrowingly expressive effects of light and shadow. 

Detour has just been released in a new and meticulous restoration that doubtless took more time and resources to create than the original production did – which may be the movie’s final joke on history.

– Richard Brody, The New Yorker
 

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