Nightmare Alley

The Criterion Collection

Nightmare Alley

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Darkness lurks behind the bright lights of a traveling carnival in one of the most haunting and perverse film noirs of the 1940s. Adapted from the scandalous best seller by William Lindsay Gresham, Nightmare Alley gave Tyrone Power a chance to subvert his matinee-idol image with a ruthless performance as Stanton Carlisle, a small-time carny whose unctuous charm propels him to fame as a charlatan spiritualist, but whose unchecked ambition leads him down a path of moral degradation and self-destruction. Although its strange, sordid atmosphere shocked contemporary audiences, this long-difficult-to-see reflection of postwar angst has now taken its place as one of the defining noirs of its era—a fatalistic downward slide into existential oblivion.

FILM INFO

  • 1947
  • 111 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.37:1
  • Spine #1078

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary from 2005 featuring film historians James Ursini and Alain Silver
  • New interview with critic Imogen Sara Smith
  • New interview with performer and historian Todd Robbins
  • Interview from 2007 with actor Coleen Gray
  • Audio excerpt from a 1971 interview with Henry King in which the filmmaker discusses actor Tyrone Power
  • Trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by film writer and screenwriter Kim Morgan

    New cover by Ricardo Diseño