The Big Heat

In conjunction with the exhibition Damaged Romanticism: A Mirror of Modern Emotion

Film Screening

The Big Heat, 1953

Friday, February 13, 7:00 pm

Parrish Art Museum

25 Job’s Lane, Southampton, New York


Directed by Fritz Lang. Starring Glenn Ford, Gloria Grahame, Lee Marvin. In English. 89 minutes. One of several postwar noir films that balance “a dark psychological fatalism with the spark of renewed hope,” The Big Heat stars Glenn Ford as a policeman whose determination to bring a mob boss to justice leads to the deaths of three women, including his wife. On one level a straightforward story of an honest cop, the film also functions as a more complex portrayal of the collateral damage that results from the collision of Ford’s intransigence with a violent underworld.

From series Films @ The Parrish: Damaged Romanticism. One of four films reflecting the clash between optimism and despair, selected by co-curator Colin Gardner, Professor of Critical Theory and Integrative Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara. Quotations below derive from his exhibition catalogue essay “From Her(e) to Eternity: Time, Memory, and Immanence in the ‘Postmodern’ Romance.”

Admission $5 for Parrish members, $7 for non-members. No reservations, seating is limited. Information:, 631/283-2118.

Starts 2/13/09 7:00 pm
Ends 2/13/09 8:30 pm
Location Parrish Art Museum, 25 Job’s Lane, Southampton, New York
Cost Admission $5 for Parrish members, $7 for non-members.


Program Types: Film Screening