August 3–22, 2022

Film Noir 2022

Film noir was an immensely creative period—probably the most creative in Hollywood’s history.”

Paul Schrader

This year marks The Cinematheque’s 50th lap around the sun. What better way to celebrate our joyous jubilee than by plummeting mug-first into the nihilistic, nocturnal underworld of film noir! Oh yes, morbid moviegoers, our annual dose of summer despair returns this August in a super-sleazy Cinematheque anniversary edition, lousy with crime, chaos, and ludicrous levels of cinematic style and lead poisoning. Eight pitch-black jewels from the heyday of American film noir will screen, including six in brilliant new restorations, two (I Wake Up Screaming and The Flame) never-before shown in our series. Plus, a one-shot sidebar featuring Robert Altman’s bong-hit take on pulp PI Philip Marlowe. And that ain’t all, doll. Pay our 1972 ticket price—a measly buck!—for a 35mm revival of The Big Sleep (speaking of Marlowe…); shoot a noir-inspired movie with our Learning & Outreach crew; and make merry at our moody, boozy 50th Anniversary Film Noir Party. So get into the spirit, darken your disposition, and come join us for a truly wicked season of film noir! 

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List of Programmed Films

Date Film Title Director(s) Year Country
2022-Aug Nightmare Alley Edmund Goulding 1947 USA
2022-Aug Thieves’ Highway Jules Dassin 1949 USA
2022-Aug Sunset Boulevard Billy Wilder 1950 USA
2022-Aug Force of Evil Abraham Polonsky 1948 USA
2022-Aug The Flame John H. Auer 1947 USA
2022-Aug I Wake Up Screaming H. Bruce Humberstone 1941 USA
2022-Aug Touch of Evil Orson Welles 1958 USA
2022-Aug The Big Sleep Howard Hawks 1946 USA
2022-Aug The Long Goodbye Robert Altman 1973 USA