Still from In the Heat of the Night
In the Heat of the Night | Still: Courtesy of Calgary Cinematheque

In the Heat of the Night

Calgary Cinematheque continues its spotlight series on Willis and Wexler

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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Starting the new year with a new direction, join Calgary Cinematheque as it continues its spotlight series with the award-winning film, In the Heat of the Night.

Highlighting the work of American cinematographers Gordon Willis and Haskell Wexler and their politically charged films of the 1960s and 1970s, the series includes screenings of The Parallax View and All the President’s Men.

Willis brought a mantra of simplicity to his work—never adding more when less could be better— and became known as the “Prince of Darkness” for his willingness to allow shadow to predominate a frame.

A 1967 American mystery drama film directed by Norman Jewison, In the Heat of the Night tells the story of Virgil Tibbs (played by Sidney Poitier), an African-American police detective from Philadelphia who becomes involved in a murder investigation in a small town in Mississippi. The film won five Academy Awards including Best Picture.

In the Heat of the Night screens at 7:00pm on January 18, 2018 at The Plaza Theatre (1133 Kensington Rd. NW). Advance tickets and memberships can be found at