Directed by Robert Wise
A reflection on greed and man’s propensity for self-destruction, Odds Against Tomorrow is regarded as one of the last and best films noir from the genre’s post–World War II zenith. Harry Belafonte is a chronic gambler planning a bank heist with an ex-cop and a racist ex-con. With hard-edged location cinematography and an evocative score by John Lewis (pianist for the Modern Jazz Quartet), the film achieves suspense “of an artistic caliber that is rarely achieved on the screen” (New York Times). Also starring Robert Ryan and Ed Begley. 1959, 35mm, 96 minutes.