Pretty Poison

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Pretty Poison
Noel Black, 1968
USA | English | 89 minutes

In Noel Black’s vertiginous black-comic cult favorite, Weld brings a sunnily ominous twist to the all-American-girl archetype as a dangerously bored high-school senior who runs away with the spy fantasies of an arsonist parolee (Anthony Perkins). Perkins’s backtalking oddball, working at a paint factory, finds the tables turned when he draws Weld’s all-too-game drum majorette into CIA make-believe. Mother doesn’t approve, the small-town frolics turn deadly, and the shapeshifting between escapism and paranoia captures the moment.

Series: American Girl: Tuesday Weld

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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