by Ken Korman
Panic in the Streets may not rank among the best film noirs to come out of Hollywood, or even among the top movies directed by the great Elia Kazan, which include On the Waterfront, East of Eden, A Streetcar Named Desire, and Splendor in the Grass. (Kazan also gets credit for discovering Marlon Brando.) But Panic in the Streets is our film noir. Shot entirely on location in New Orleans, it delivers a vivid portrait of the city as it looked in the post-war era. The New Orleans Film Society will present an outdoor screening of Panic in the Streets this Friday, June 21, at 8:30 p.m. at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Avenue in the French Quarter. Admission is $3 for members of the Film Society, the Louisiana Museum Foundation, and Friends of the Cabildo. General admission is $6. More info here.