August 3–September 4, 2023

Film Noir 2023

Film noir has a mood that everyone can feel. It’s people in trouble, at night, with a little bit of wind and the right kind of music. It’s a beautiful thing.”

David Lynch

The forecast is calling for a sweltering, sweaty summer in our corner of the warming globe. Lucky for you, we’ve got the perfect balm for the blistering sun—though nothing, mind you, for the big heat (zing!). This August, wrap yourself in the nocturnal embrace of The Cinematheque’s annual film noir season, our routine deep-dive into that deliriously dark and fertile period of hardboiled, high-body-count American cinema. Our 2023 edition is one of our finest yet, a 12-film rogues’ gallery of Tinseltown crime pictures spanning the length of the classic noir cycle—from its earliest archetype (1941’s The Maltese Falcon, boasting a brand-new restoration) to its final outpost (1959’s Odds Against Tomorrow). In between, we’ve assembled a hit list of heavies. Some (The Naked City, Angel Face, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers) have never before featured in our series; others (The Big Combo, The Killing, Human Desire) circle back for the first time in many years. We also raise a glass (martini, most likely) to golden-age screen siren Gloria Grahame, whose centenary we toast with a trio of the Oscar winner’s noir essentials. The showpiece of that spotlight, Fritz Lang’s savage The Big Heat, also serves as the fulcrum for our noir-themed Deep Focus” interactive lecture, presented by Learning & Outreach and featuring a screening of that merciless masterwork.

Before the opening-night screening of The Maltese Falcon, join us for a courtyard shindig featuring vinyl jazz, tasty treats, Luppolo beer, and your first shot at scoring our 2023 noir merch!

August 3 (Thursday) Film Noir 2023 Opening Night

6:00 pm – Courtyard Shindig
6:45 pm – The Maltese Falcon
9:00 pm – The Big Heat


List of Programmed Films

Date Film Title Director(s) Year Country
2023-Aug The Maltese Falcon John Huston 1941 USA
2023-Aug The Big Heat Fritz Lang 1953 USA
2023-Aug The Naked City Jules Dassin 1948 USA
2023-Aug Shadow of a Doubt Alfred Hitchcock 1943 USA
2023-Aug The Big Combo Joseph H. Lewis 1955 USA
2023-Aug The Big Clock John Farrow 1948 USA
2023-Aug The Killing Stanley Kubrick 1956 USA
2023-Aug Human Desire Fritz Lang 1954 USA
2023-Aug Odds Against Tomorrow Robert Wise 1959 USA
2023-Aug Angel Face Otto Preminger 1953 USA
2023-Aug Out of the Past Jacques Tourneur 1947 USA
2023-Aug The Strange Love of Martha Ivers Lewis Milestone 1946 USA