August 3–23, 2018

Film Noir 2018

Sometimes, chum, you go soft-headed. I’d like to see any blonde do that to me.”

There are blonde dames and soft-headed saps galore in The Cinematheque’s annual season of Film Noir, a celebration of one of the American cinema’s richest and most creative (and most jaded and cynical) periods. Join us for three sizzling weeks of crime, corruption, greed, cruelty, and despair; of dark city streets, double-crossing broads, doomed anti-heroes, cold-blooded killers, and two-bit heels—all served up with lavish helpings of menacing Expressionist style and marvelous hard-boiled dialogue. This year’s lineup—ten torrid titles from noir’s 1940s/​1950s heyday—includes greatest hits, rarely-revived treasures, and a trio of RKO classics (Out of the Past, Crossfire, and Macao) long out of commission in Canada (due to rights issues). And, in this year’s Noir Sidebar, we spotlight the perhaps-surprising connections between this most influential of American film styles and the moody, angst-ridden cinema of Swedish maestro (and noir fan) Ingmar Bergman.

Opening Night Courtyard Wingding!
Friday, August 3
6:00 pm — Reception & Entertainment
7:00 pm — Out of the Past with Intro
9:00 pm — Criss Cross

Tickets: $18

Price includes admission to courtyard wingding and Out of the Past, a drink ticket, hors‑d’oeuvres, live entertainment, and programmer’s remarks.

Buy in advance and be entered for a chance to win a pass for two to the entire 2018 Film Noir series!

No passes will be accepted for this event.


List of Programmed Films

Date Film Title Director(s) Year Country
2018-Aug Out of the Past Jacques Tourneur 1947 USA
2018-Aug Criss Cross Robert Siodmak 1949 USA
2018-Aug In a Lonely Place Nicholas Ray 1950 USA
2018-Aug Dead Reckoning John Cromwell 1947 USA
2018-Aug The Postman Always Rings Twice Tay Garnett 1946 USA
2018-Aug My Name Is Julia Ross Joseph H. Lewis 1945 USA
2018-Aug Pushover Richard Quine 1954 USA
2018-Aug Strangers on a Train Alfred Hitchcock 1951 USA
2018-Aug Crossfire Edward Dmytryk 1947 USA
2018-Aug Macao Josef von Sternberg . . . 1952 USA

Film Noir Triple Bills! August 5 & 6

Triple Bill Price: $24 Adults / $22 Students & Seniors

Regular single and double bill prices otherwise in effect. Annual $3 membership required.