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‘Body Heat’ Screening is April 14 in ‘Film After Noir’ Series

April 8th, 2011

The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, April 14, with a screening of Body Heat (1981, Lawrence Kasdan, 113 min.), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB.

During a South Florida heat wave, Matty Tyler (Kathleen Turner) begins an affair with Ned Racine (William Hurt), who is sleepwalking through a mediocre career as a small-town lawyer with too much time on his hands. Drawn by his lust for Matty, Ned finds himself in over his head in murder and betrayal. Much like Fred McMurray’s Walter Neff in Double Indemnity, Ned winds up with neither the girl nor the money. But at least Ned’s not dead.

Body Heat was Kathleen Turner’s feature film debut, earning her Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations. Dismissed by New Yorker film critic Pauline Kael as a pastiche whose director, Lawrence Kasdan, doesn’t “get” film noir, Body Heat relocates noir to a Reagan-era leisure world in which racketeering and crime have morphed into FIRE: Finance, Insurance, & Real Estate. Some really do like it hot!

Steven Ungar, UI professor of French and Comparative Literature, will lead post-screening discussions.

The series is sponsored by UI International Programs, the Institute for Cinema and Culture and the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact Ungar at or 319-335-0330.