The Film Society of Lincoln Center in Manhattan is holding a wide-ranging retrospective of the work of director Jacques Tourneur – the man who directed the original Cat People and Out of the Past among many, many other titles. Get your tickets for “Jacques Tourneur, Fearmaker” here as this will be a cannot miss. Check out the full program here.

The son of Maurice Tourneur, one of early French cinema's preeminent directors, Jacques Tourneur ranks among the most fascinating yet most elusive filmmakers of his time. After working as an editor for his father and a director of shorts and B-features at MGM in his adoptive America, Tourneur eventually found a home in Hollywood with the success of his 1942 horror movie Cat People.

He went on to make a series of striking low-budget pictures in the 1940s and '50s: distinct, atmospheric works in a variety of genres (including the landmark 1947 noir Out of the Past … read my piece on its 75th anniversary here), all notable for their wit, irony, and simultaneous precision and ambiguity. Tourneur mixed the uncanny with the psychological, located even the most outlandish premises within familiar spheres, and roguishly circumvented financial constraints through his singular artistry.

Highlights of "Jacques Tourneur, Fearmaker" include three films made with his longtime collaborator Val Lewton, exploring fear of the other in Cat PeopleThe Leopard Man, and I Walked with a Zombie, all presented on 35mm; a number of his late '40s and early '50s westerns, including Great Day in the MorningCanyon Passage, and the Joel McCrea-starring WichitaStranger on Horseback, and Stars in My Crown; the Italian-language The Giant of Marathon, co-directed by Bruno Vailati and Mario Bava; and a shorts program featuring a rarely screened selection of his earliest one-reelers—an assortment of Pete Smith Specialties and John Nesbitt’s Passing Parades—produced at MGM between 1936 and 1942.

Other notable films include his work in the horror and mystery genres, including the crackling espionage thriller Berlin Express, starring Robert Ryan and Merle OberonNight of the Demon, a slow-burning chiller about witchcraft in contemporary England; the brooding, menace-edged Circle of Danger, starring Ray Milland; the first two entries in the Nick Carter trilogy, Nick Carter, Master Detective and Phantom Raiders, starring Walter Pidgeon as the super sleuth; and the moody psychological mystery Experiment Perilous, starring Hedy Lamarr as the disturbed wife of a wealthy man who may—or may not—be going mad.

Organized by Dennis Lim and Tyler Wilson in partnership with the Locarno Film Festival, where a Jacques Tourneur retrospective was presented in 2017, curated by Roberto Turigliatto and Rinaldo Censi, in collaboration with the Cinémathèque Française in Paris and the Cinémathèque Suisse in Lausanne.

Tickets are $15; $12 for students, seniors (62+), and persons with disabilities; and $10 for Film Society members. See more and save with the 3+ film discount package or $125 All-Access Pass. Head here for more information and tickets.