UW Cinematheque: Special Presentation
Detour | USA | 1945 | DCP | 67 min. Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Friday, February 1, 2019
4070 Vilas Hall
Cast: Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake While driving west, an unemployed musician (Neal) becomes the blackmail victim of a vicious hitchhiker (Savage). Shot on the ultra-cheap in less than two weeks, Ulmer’s sleazy mise-en-scene and unmistakably fatalistic attitude make this a definitive example of film noir. Seen only in splicy, scratchy versions for years, this new restoration of Detour by the Academy Film Archive breathes new life into a shadowy, low-budget classic.