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75 Years of Film Noir, Part 2: Authors of Noir
Wednesday, November 25 – Thursday, December 3, 2015
2015/2016 marks the 75th anniversary of the emergence of film noir and, since the hard-to-pin-down genre has played such a large role over the years here at the Brattle, we decided to give it a yearlong birthday party. Continuing on this calendar, we are offering a film noir centered program on every Brattle schedule through the fall of 2016.
One of the things that led to the coining of the term film noir by Nino Frank in 1946 was the establishment in 1945 of a French publishing imprint called Série noire. This imprint focused mainly on American crime fiction by the likes of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler and became synonymous with a certain kind of hard-boiled story. Since so many of the seminal works of the genre are based on novels and stories, with this second installment of our “Year of Noir” program, we focus on the AUTHORS OF NOIR – including, of course, Hammett and Chandler, but also their contemporaries Cornell Woolrich and James M. Cain. There are myriad other authors associated with the film noir style, but these four are some of the most important as one can see from their filmographies. Collectively, these four authors are responsible for THE MALTESE FALCON, THE BIG SLEEP, DOUBLE INDEMNITY, THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE, PHANTOM LADY, and many more highlights.
Like Saving Money? You could pay $102 to see all these films… Or you could become a Brattle Member and see all the films in this series, have 4 passes left over, and get $2 off admission for the rest of the year – all for only $80! Become a Brattle Member and start saving today →