August 5–26, 2021
Film Noir 2021
“The original noirs remain the most resonant school of movie to have ever emerged in America.”Michael Atkinson, Turner Classic Movies
Vancouver’s most popular (and pessimistic) summer film series is back! Join us for 17 nights of downbeat, doom-laden, deliriously stylish cinema, as The Cinematheque once again celebrates the sleazy, sordid glories of classic American film noir. Double-crossing dames! Two-bit heels! Cold-blooded killers! Cruel twists of fate! Crime, corruption, and chaos! The ten lurid treasures we’ve chosen this year are guaranteed to dazzle your eyes, darken your mood, and make you wonder just why the heck, in the midst of yet another interminable month of this dispiriting pandemic, you’re not watching something that’s, like, uplifting! But, geez, we all need a night out, right?
“Film noir was an immensely creative period—probably the most creative in Hollywood’s history.” Paul Schrader, “Notes on Film Noir,” Film Comment
On August 5, celebrate the opening night of Film Noir 2021 with live jazz in our courtyard (6:00 pm – 6:30 pm) and complimentary popcorn for both Criss Cross (6:30 pm) and Raw Deal (8:40 pm). Plus, the first opportunity to get your hands on our new Film Noir t‑shirts!
Noah Franche-Nolan and Kaelin Murphy are jazz musicians who regularly toured, pre-pandemic, across Canada and internationally.
List of Programmed Films
|2021-Aug||Criss Cross||Robert Siodmak||1949||USA|
|2021-Aug||Raw Deal||Anthony Mann||1948||USA|
|2021-Aug||The Glass Key||Stuart Heisler||1942||USA|
|2021-Aug||Sorry, Wrong Number||Anatole Litvak||1948||USA|
|2021-Aug||In a Lonely Place||Nicholas Ray||1950||USA|
|2021-Aug||City That Never Sleeps||John H. Auer||1953||USA|
|2021-Aug||He Ran All the Way||John Berry||1951||USA|
|2021-Aug||Kiss Me Deadly||Robert Aldrich||1955||USA|
|2021-Aug||Gun Crazy||Joseph H. Lewis||1950||USA|