Film Noir



6:00 pm - Vinyl Jazz by DJs Cam Dales & Scott W
7:00 pm - Double Indemnity
9:05 pm - Night Editor

The Cinematheque’s annual foray into the dark, desperate world of American film noir returns with eleven lurid classics from noir’s hard-boiled heyday. Spanning the dangerous decade-and-a-half from 1941’s The Maltese Falcon (seminal) to 1955’s Kiss Me Deadly (sensational), this year’s sordid lineup spotlights, amongst other stylish, seductive glories, several of noir’s most fearsome femmes fatales: Barbara Stanwyck in Double Indemnity; Rita Hayworth in The Lady from Shanghai; Peggy Cummins in Gun Crazy; and, way down on the B-movie undercard but not to be outdone, Janis Carter in Night Editor. The latter depraved gem is one of three titles making their first-ever appearance in a Cinematheque noir season; Shockproof, directed by Douglas Sirk and written by Samuel Fuller, and Affair in Trinidad, reuniting Hayworth and her Gilda co-star Glenn Ford, are the others. And again this year, we’ve added a small sidebar exploring noir’s surprisingly wide influence — this time on two spine-tingling standards of 1950s science-fiction.


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Special Film Noir Triple Bills!
August 5, 6, 7 & 19

Triple Bill Price: $22 Adults/ $20 Students & Seniors
Regular single and double bill prices otherwise in effect.
Annual $3 membership required.

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Recent Showings

Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck star in Billy Wilder's sordid, superlative classic, one of film noir’s defining works.
35mm PRINT! A philandering cop and a married dame witness a murder in this terrific B-movie noir soaked with sadism, seediness, and doom.
Major talents Douglas Sirk and Samuel Fuller are the one-two punch behind this brisk, stylish 1949 noir in the couple-on-the lam mode.
Humphrey Bogart is a private-eye caught up in a deadly web of deceit in John Huston's film noir prototype, a classic Hollywood high point.
A political aide attempts to extricate his employer from a mob-hatched murder frame-up in this early noir starring Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake.
A much-loved film noir classic, Joseph H. Lewis's legendary B-movie is a manic tour-de-force of technique and deadly eroticism.
Rita Hayworth is one of noir’s definitive spider ladies in Orson Welles's bizarre, baroque film, “the weirdest great movie ever” (Dave Kehr).
35mm PRINT! After a four-year hiatus from Hollywood, love goddess Rita Hayworth returned to the screen in this noir drama set in the tropics.
Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall headline writer-director Delmar Daves’s stylish and unusual San Francisco-set noir thriller.
35mm PRINT! Ella Raines combs NYC's shadowy streets in a race against time to save her employer in Robert Siodmak’s suspenseful, stylish thriller.
Robert Aldrich's nuclear-age noir, adapted from one of Mickey Spillane’s Mike Hammer novels, is so nasty and nihilistic it’s positively radioactive!