Robert Aldrich's cult film noir ( The DirtyDozen )
A young blonde woman runs down a road near Los Angeles in the middle of the night, desperately trying to get hitchhiked, and manages to stop private detective Mike Hammer's car. The woman, naked under her trench coat, says her name is Christina and that she escaped from a mental asylum where she was forcibly confined. They are then overtaken by a group of men who kidnap them; Christina is tortured and killed while Mike is beaten and left for dead. But he miraculously survives and, on his hospital bed, decides to investigate, obsessed by Christina's last words: “Remember me. »…
Adapted from a bestseller by Mickey Spillane, In Fourth Gear is Robert Aldrich's third film (The Dirty Dozen). Violent and sexy film noir, strewn with vamps and corpses, In fourth gear was praised by the best critics and quickly became a cult film. Absolute reference for many authors, from the New Wave to Quentin Tarantino, this adventure of the famous tough-guy Mike Hammer is a totally paranoid thriller, with a frantic pace and an apocalyptic outcome!
IN FOURTH GEAR (1955 – B&W – 106 mins)
SUPPLEMENTS * . DISINTEGRATION (23 mins) How Robert Aldrich transcended film noir with In fourth gear , by Philippe Rouyer, film critic and teacher at the University of Paris I.
. MIKE HAMMER, THE MAN WITH A THOUSAND FACES (28 mins) Larry Cohen, creator of the series The Invaders , remembers the film and television adaptations of the adventures of Mike Hammer, in particular I will have your skin for which he wrote the screenplay.