August 1–22, 2019
Film Noir 2019
Looking for decency, honesty, integrity? Paragons of virtue? Exemplary tales of moral uplift? Well, chump, you’ve come to the wrong dark, stinking alley! It’ll be seductive spider ladies, cynical anti-heroes, and sordid acts of crime – not to mention sensational cinematic style – tarnishing the silver screen in August as The Cinematheque embarks on its annual summer season of the sleazy, fatalistic nightmare known as Film Noir. This year’s celebration of classic American cinema’s most depraved and downbeat film movement showcases ten hard-boiled treasures, each an important noir essential or a ripe-for-rediscovery rarity. Among the highlights: the first major restoration of Edgar G. Ulmer’s gloriously bleak Detour, a B‑movie landmark which distills noir to its archetypal elements; a new restoration of noir maestro Robert Siodmak’s The Killers, also one of the noir style’s defining works; and two pictures, both also newly restored, by actress and filmmaker Ida Lupino, the only woman to direct noir in the classic period. In fact, no fewer than seven of the ten films in this year’s program will screen in pristine new restorations. All offer dangers – and pleasures – of the uncommonly cruel, venal, and treacherous variety. And that, bub, is no hooey.
In a parallel program, our August calendar also features a select retrospective of the films of Jean-Pierre Melville, the influential director whose très cool neo-noir thrillers, including Bob le flambeur and Le Samouraï, epitomized French crime cinema.
Want even more noir? Don’t miss Orson Welles’s A Touch of Evil, Louis Malle’s Elevator to the Gallows, and Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, screening in July, in our series “High and Low: From Pulp to Poetry.”
Make Mine a Double!Joint Opening Night: Film Noir + Jean-Pierre Melville: Master of French Noir
Thursday, August 1
6:00 pm – Reception + Refreshments
7:00 pm – Detour (Film Noir)
8:40 pm – Le Samouraï (Jean-Pierre Melville: Master of French Noir)
Opening Night complimentary wine and cheese generously provided by the Consulate General of France in Vancouver.
List of Programmed Films
|2019-Aug||Detour||Edgar G. Ulmer||1945||USA|
|2019-Aug||The Killers||Robert Siodmak||1946||USA|
|2019-Aug||This Gun for Hire||Frank Tuttle||1942||USA|
|2019-Aug||Scarlet Street||Fritz Lang||1945||USA|
|2019-Aug||The Hitch-Hiker||Ida Lupino||1953||USA|
|2019-Aug||The Bigamist||Ida Lupino||1953||USA|
|2019-Aug||Mildred Pierce||Michael Curtiz||1945||USA|
|2019-Aug||Woman on the Run||Norman Foster||1950||USA|
|2019-Aug||The Big Heat||Fritz Lang||1953||USA|
|2019-Aug||Too Late for Tears||Byron Haskin||1949||USA|