2024 Retrospective

The Lady with the Torch

Musicals, noir films, westerns, screwball comedies, war movies. Locarno77 celebrates 100 years of Columbia Pictures, boasting a tribute both to beloved classics and unheralded gems produced at the Hollywood studio between the dawn of sound and the late 1950s.

During its golden age, Columbia Pictures produced some of American cinema’s most iconic films across a panoply of varied styles and popular genres. In 1924, the relatively small-scale motion picture company Cohn-Brandt-Cohn rebranded itself as Columbia Pictures. This new studio would eventually feature, as its masthead, the Lady with a Torch, the Statue of Liberty-like female figure draped in the American flag that has become recognizable to film lovers everywhere.

As Columbia Pictures, the studio struck gold, producing a major string of successes and becoming, over the next decade, an integral part of the Hollywood ecosystem. Its first years of blockbuster success were dominated by the twin figures of filmmaker Frank Capra and studio president and head of production Harry Cohn, a figure known both for his canny commercial instincts and tyrannical personality. With its large, multi-faceted Retrospective, curated by Ehsan Khoshbakht, the Festival will attempt to disentangle the knotty myths that surround Columbia Pictures and present a richer and more complex portrait of a studio worth celebrating.

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Think the fast-talking career women of screwball comedies or think existentialist cowboys, prophetic anti-fascist quickies or unsettling ‘problem pictures’. Sony's generosity means we will bring to Locarno new restorations of films by John Ford and Phil Karlson, among many other gems. Once upon a time there was a brilliant exchange between art and commerce, between the system and the artist, and this Retrospective will celebrate that.

The Locarno Retrospective presents the studio in all its glory, shining a light on lesser-known genre filmmakers like Max Nosseck, Seymour Friedman or William A. Seiter, as well as celebrating major auteurs like Howard Hawks, Frank Borzage, Dorothy Arzner, Fritz Lang, George Stevens and John Ford. Treasured stars like Rita Hayworth, Jean Arthur, Orson Welles, Rosalind Russell, Cary Grant, Boris Karloff, the Three Stooges, Richard Burton, and William Holden will also make an appearance. It is to this varied spectrum of artists, performers, and beloved figures of fun that the festival pays tribute.

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Director: William Cameron Menzies

Etats-Unis  ·  1944  ·  35 mm  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  72'  ·  o.v.

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All the King's Men

Director: Robert Rossen

Etats-Unis  ·  1949  ·  DCP  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  110'  ·  o.v.

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Bitter Victory

Director: Nicholas Ray

France, Etats-Unis  ·  1957  ·  DCP  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  102'  ·  o.v.

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Brothers

Director: Walter Lang

Etats-Unis  ·  1930  ·  35 mm  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  63'  ·  o.v.

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Craig's Wife

Director: Dorothy Arzner

Etats-Unis  ·  1936  ·  35 mm  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  74'  ·  o.v.

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Disorder in the Court

Director: Preston Black

Etats-Unis  ·  1936  ·  35 mm  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  17'  ·  o.v.

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Girls Under 21

Director: Max Nosseck

Etats-Unis  ·  1940  ·  35 mm  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  63'  ·  o.v.

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Gun Fury

Director: Raoul Walsh

Etats-Unis  ·  1953  ·  DCP  ·  Couleurs  ·  83'  ·  o.v.

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Gunman's Walk

Director: Phil Karlson

Etats-Unis  ·  1958  ·   ·  97'  ·  o.v.

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If You Could Only Cook

Director: William A. Seiter

Etats-Unis  ·  1935  ·  35 mm  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  71'  ·  o.v.

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It Should Happen to You

Director: George Cukor

Etats-Unis  ·  1954  ·  DCP  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  87'  ·  o.v.

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Let Us Live

Director: John Brahm

Etats-Unis  ·  1939  ·  35 mm  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  68'  ·  o.v.

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Man's Castle

Director: Frank Borzage

Etats-Unis  ·  1933  ·  DCP  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  79'  ·  o.v.

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Mr. Deeds Goes to Town

Director: Frank Capra

Etats-Unis  ·  1936  ·  DCP  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  115'  ·  o.v.

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Murder by Contract

Director: Irving Lerner

Etats-Unis  ·  1958  ·  35 mm  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  80'  ·  o.v.

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My Sister Eileen

Director: Richard Quine

Etats-Unis  ·  1955  ·  DCP  ·  Couleurs  ·  108'  ·  o.v.

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My Sister Eileen

Director: Alexander Hall

Etats-Unis  ·  1942  ·  35 mm  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  97'  ·  o.v.

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Mysterious Intruder

Director: William Castle

Etats-Unis  ·  1946  ·  35 mm  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  61'  ·  o.v.

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None Shall Escape

Director: André De Toth

Etats-Unis  ·  1944  ·  DCP  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  85'  ·  o.v.

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Pest From the West

Director: Del Lord

Etats-Unis  ·  1939  ·  35 mm  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  19'  ·  o.v.

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Pickup

Director: Hugo Haas

Etats-Unis  ·  1951  ·  35 mm  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  78'  ·  o.v.

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Picnic

Director: Joshua Logan

Etats-Unis  ·  1955  ·  DCP  ·  Couleurs  ·  115'  ·  o.v.

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Ride Lonesome

Director: Budd Boetticher

Etats-Unis  ·  1959  ·  DCP  ·  Couleurs  ·  73'  ·  o.v.

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Sahara

Director: Zoltan Korda

Etats-Unis  ·  1943  ·  35 mm  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  98'  ·  o.v.

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The Big Heat

Director: Fritz Lang

Etats-Unis  ·  1953  ·  35 mm  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  89'  ·  o.v.

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The First Time

Director: Frank Tashlin

Etats-Unis  ·  1952  ·  35 mm  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  89'  ·  o.v.

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The Glass Wall

Director: Maxwell Shane

Etats-Unis  ·  1953  ·  35 mm  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  80'  ·  o.v.

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The Killer That Stalked New York

Director: Earl McEvoy

Etats-Unis  ·  1950  ·  35 mm  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  76'  ·  o.v.

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The Last Frontier

Director: Anthony Mann

Etats-Unis  ·  1955  ·  35 mm  ·  Couleurs  ·  98'  ·  o.v.

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The Talk of the Town

Director: George Stevens

Etats-Unis  ·  1942  ·  DCP  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  118'  ·  o.v.

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The Undercover Man

Director: Joseph H. Lewis

Etats-Unis  ·  1949  ·  DCP  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  85'  ·  o.v.

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The Walking Hills

Director: John Sturges

Etats-Unis  ·  1949  ·  35 mm  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  78'  ·  o.v.

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The Whole Town's Talking

Director: John Ford

Etats-Unis  ·  1935  ·  DCP  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  93'  ·  o.v.

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Three Wise Girls

Director: William Beaudine

Etats-Unis  ·  1932  ·  35 mm  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  69'  ·  o.v.

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Together Again

Director: Charles Vidor

Etats-Unis  ·  1944  ·  35 mm  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  100'  ·  o.v.

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Twentieth Century

Director: Howard Hawks

Etats-Unis  ·  1934  ·  DCP  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  91'  ·  o.v.

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Umpa

Director: Archie Gottler

Etats-Unis  ·  1933  ·  DCP  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  16'  ·  o.v.

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Under Age

Director: Edward Dmytryk

Etats-Unis  ·  1941  ·  35 mm  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  59'  ·  o.v.

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Vanity Street

Director: Nicholas Grinde

Etats-Unis  ·  1932  ·  35 mm  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  67'  ·  o.v.

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Wall Street

Director: Roy William Neill

Etats-Unis  ·  1929  ·  35 mm  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  68'  ·  o.v.

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Washington Merry-Go-Round

Director: James Cruze

Etats-Unis  ·  1932  ·  35 mm  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  79'  ·  o.v.

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Women's Prison

Director: Lewis Seiler

Etats-Unis  ·  1955  ·  35 mm  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  80'  ·  o.v.

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You Nazty Spy!

Director: Jules White

Etats-Unis  ·  1940  ·  DCP  ·  Noir et blanc  ·  18'  ·  o.v.


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