Film Noir

AUGUST 4-22

OPENING NIGHTTHURSDAY, AUGUST 4
BROADS & BRUISERS COURTYARD WINGDING!


6:00 pm - Vinyl jazz by DJs Cam DalesScott W

7:00 pm - The Killers

9:05 pm -
Kiss of Death

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Doomed romanticism, dark city streets, double-crossing dames, disillusioned anti-heroes, murderous hoodlums, cynical cops, hard-boiled dialogue, head-spinning Expressionist style — it’s time for The Cinematheque’s annual summer celebration of the giddy, gloomy, seductive glories of Film Noir!

One of Golden-Age Hollywood’s richest and most creative (and most pitiless and pessimistic) periods, Film Noir picks up the shiny rock of the mid-20th-century American Dream, turns it over, and finds underneath a grubby American nightmare: a sordid, sleazy, fatalistic world teaming with greed, crime, corruption, cruelty, and sexual betrayal.

Our 2016 Noir season includes nine vintage noir gems, five of which we’ve never screened before (Kiss of Death, Johnny O’Clock, Thieves’ Highway, The Reckless Moment, and Underworld U.S.A.), plus two sensational sidebars spotlighting the legacy of this most influential of American film styles. Abandon hope - but expect great entertaining cinema! — all ye who enter here.

Opening Night sponsored by Earnest Ice Cream

 

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Recent Showings

Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner star in noir luminary Robert Siodmak's Hemingway adaptation, one of film noir's defining works.
Henry Hathaway’s nasty New York-shot noir is famed for iconic tough guy Richard Widmark’s sensational screen debut.
Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews reunite with director Otto Preminger for this deliciously hard-boiled noir penned by Ben Hecht.
Screenwriter Robert Rossen’s directorial debut is a hard-boiled noir thriller replete with seedy atmosphere, complex plotting, and moody visuals.
A California trucker seeks revenge in this high-octane, hard-as-nails (and underrated) noir from American neo-realist Jules Dassin.
A big-budget noir with big-time pedigree: a Faulkner script, based on a Chandler novel, directed by Hawks, with Bogart and Bacall!
Mise-en-scène virtuoso and master romanticist Max Ophüls directs Joan Bennett and James Mason in a superb noir melodrama.
Alfred Hitchcock’s favourite Hitchcock film (and one of ours) is a disturbing noir drama peering into the dark heart of small-town America.
Cliff Robertson is a pitiless anti-hero in pulp-fiction primitivist Sam Fuller's ruthless, relentless revenge noir.