Monday, April 24, 2023

4-Part FILM NOIR STYLE Series at the American Cinematheque Starts May 7


At long last, I'll be back in person at the American Cinematheque for 4 events celebrating Film Noir StyleThe summer series mirrors my book Film Noir Style: The Killer 1940s, and each event will include a presentation followed by a film screening. It all begins Sunday, May 7.

Sundays in May - September 2023
American Cinematheque presents Film Noir Style

2 pm lecture and screening 
preceded by book signing at 1 pm

Aero Theatre
Santa Monica, CA

Click here to purchase tickets for one or more events

Like the book, the series is divided into 4 parts:

Before the War 1940-1941
The War Years 1942-1945
The Year of Transition 1946
The Post-War Years 1947-1950

Before the War 1940-1941 with The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Sunday May 7, 2023
2 pm

In the first event Before the War, I will present and discuss influences that contributed to the style of the film noir genre, the historical context, and the impact of three movies from this period – The Maltese Falcon, I Wake Up Screaming, and The Shanghai Gesture (all 1941).

The War Years 1942-1945 with Laura (1944)
Sunday June 25, 2023
2 pm

In the second event The War Years, I will present and discuss the impact of World War II on the home front and fashion along with six films from this period - This Gun for Hire (1942); Double Indemnity (1944); Laura (1944); To Have and Have Not (1944); Murder, My Sweet (1944); and Mildred Pierce (1945).

The Year of Transition 1946 with The Killers (1946)
Sunday July 29
2 pm

In the third event The Year of Transition 1946, I will present and discuss the impact of the end of World War II on the home front along with the backstories and iconic style of five film noir from 1946 - The Killers, Gilda, The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Big Sleep, and Notorious.

The Post-War Years 1947-1950 with Out of the Past (1947)
Sunday September 10
2 pm

In the fourth and final event of the series, I will discuss and present the historical context of the time, dramatic changes that happened in both fashion and film after World War II, and the backstories of 6 films noir from the era - Dead Reckoning (1947), Lady in the Lake (1947), Out of the Past (1948), The Lady from Shanghai (1948), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), and Sunset Boulevard (1950).

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