Hot Blood

Screening on Film
Directed by Nicholas Ray.
With Jane Russell, Cornel Wilde, Luther Adler.
US, 1956, 35mm, color, 85 min.
Print source: Warner Bros.

Although inspired by careful research conducted by his first wife, the journalist Jean Evans, Ray’s rarely screened exploration of gypsy culture is more fever dream than documentary, replete with saturated colors and hallucinatory dance sequences. The story of a community pushed to the far outskirts of society and a hero who attempts to assimilate into the “straight” world, Hot Blood bends its ethnographic impulse around Ray’s deep empathy for outsider culture, creating a unique cultural document that revels in day to day details of gypsy life while simultaneously rendering them strange and exotic.

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