Heat Lightning | February 5, 2020
MovieDiva Film Series Presents

Heat Lightning

Olga, an ex-gun moll on the lam, dons mechanic’s overalls to run a Mohave Desert gas station, shielding her wild kid sister from the abusive men she knows too well. This Western noir, banned by the Legion of Decency, is a completely woman-centered film, with men existing only as background, something rarely seen, even today. One Pre-Code aspect of the film is its non-stereotypical treatment of minorities. The travelling Mexican family is viewed respectfully, and the character who disdains them is treated with contempt for her racism. There were fewer such scenes after mid-1934, along with the intimations of illicit sex, unpunished murders and searches for the bathroom. These hard-scrabble siblings (along with gold diggers Glenda Farrell and Ruth Donnelly) are the real deal.

NO CLOSED CAPTIONING (Hearing-impaired)
NO AUDIO DESCRIPTION (Visual-impaired)

(Dir. Mervyn LeRoy, 1934, 64 min.)

Wednesday, February 5

7:00pm   Cinema One


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