Gun Crazy at National Gallery of Art Sunday, Feb. 2

In the 1950 film noir Gun Crazy, a fired carnival markswoman tells the gun-loving Army vet she just married, “I got a funny feeling, I want to be good.” One can sense she doesn’t mean it. Sure enough, a few scenes later the beret-wearing gunslinger, played by Peggy Cummins, has persuaded John Dall to take part in a series of robberies. Strikingly directed by Joseph H. Lewis with a screenplay co-written by blacklisted scribe Dalton Trumbo, the film opens the National Gallery of Art’s series “Recovered Treasure: UCLA’s Festival of Preservation.” The new print showcases Lewis’ use of black-and-white shading and off-kilter angles. While some of it hasn’t aged well—images of tabloid headlines and some snippets of dialogue now seem melodramatic—the pistol-packing, star-crossed lovers still captivate. The film shows at 4:30 p.m. at the National Gallery of Art East Building Auditorium, 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. (202) 737-4215. nga.gov.

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