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"The centerpiece of Afraid to Talk is a highly stylized sequence set in a police interrogation room, in which the only illumination is provided by a low-hanging lamp swinging in low, wide circles," Kehr writes. "The bellboy, unsuspecting, sits behind a table, and as a group of cops presses in around him, the camera closes in on him, too, until all the faces are lost in darkness. As the screaming begins, Cahn cuts to three cops taking a break in an adjoining room. 'Kid's taking an awful beating,' says one. 'Gotta butt?' 'Yeah, in my coat,' his colleague replies. 'This coffee's cold,' notes the third. It's a tough world."
Afraid to Talk screens Friday, 7 PM, at Block Museum of Art, 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, 847-491-4000.