Out of the Past

In Jacques Tourneur's 1947 noir Out of the Past, the deadpan-ironical patter of Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas renders each player ultimately unknowable; the plot snakes through so many double-crosses that viewers are left punch-drunk. Weighted by their past crimes, the characters move in Tourneur's labyrinth with the unnervingly calm detachment of the damned. Movie screens at 7 and 9:10 p.m. Next week: Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Game. (NR) ED HALTER

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