Escape the August sun with these dark and steamy cinematic thrillers

After 10 years out of circulation, Out of the Past returns to Cinematheque’s Film Noir summer series.

Every summer, Vancouver’s downtown arthouse cinema celebrates the golden age of film noir.

This year, the Cinematheque’s (1131 Howe St.) Film Noir series includes a movie regarded by fans of the genre as one of the best. Out of the Past stars Robert Mitchum, Kirk Douglas and Jane Greer. Directed by French filmmaker Jacques Tourneur, the 1947 film has been out of Canadian circulation for a decade due to rights issues. Two other rarely seen films made by the same studio, Macao and Crossfire, are also in this year’s lineup.

There are a number of other films, along with some early work by Swedish filmmaker (and noir fan) Ingmar Bergman, screening between Aug. 3-23 (including an Aug. 3 opening night that includes a “courtyard wingding” with entertainment, and showings of Out of the Past and 1949’s Criss Cross).

All told, the Cinematheque’s Film Noir series includes 10 films, plus three as part of its sidebar series, Bergman Noir. Here’s a look at some of the highlights.

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Escape the August sun with these dark and steamy cinematic thrillers

Where to see horror movies this month in Vancouver

Boris Karloff stars in the classic 1931 horror film Frankenstein.

Boris Karloff stars in the classic 1931 horror film Frankenstein.

Everyone likes a good scare, right? As befits our approach to Halloween, Vancouver’s independent theatres are rolling out the blood-soaked carpet to all those who appreciate fright films. Here are some highlights of what you can seen in the dark, with a roomful of strangers and only a pail of popcorn to stave off an ever-mounting dread.

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Where to see horror movies this month in Vancouver

Lovers in dangerous times – a retrospective of acclaimed Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien

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Shu Qi and Chang Chen in Three Times.

For some film buffs, the only way to see a movie is in big-screen, 35mm projection. For those fans, and fans of international cinema in general, Cinematheque’s current retrospective of a contemporary filmmaker is a major event.

Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien, which is currently touring internationally, includes all 17 features that the director has released to date, as well as shorts and important collaborations.

Considered by many to be one of the most important and influential filmmakers of the past three decades, Hou Hsiao-hsien is an innovative artist whose movies can best be described (as the Cinematheque’s press release eloquently puts it) as “contemplative, deeply humanistic” and “visually accomplished.”

Take, for instance, Three Times.

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Lovers in dangerous times – a retrospective of acclaimed Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-hsien