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Monday, August 15, 2011

Emory Cinematheque gets "noir" with Dark Streets & Dangerous Dames: Film Noir (1944-1996)

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One of the most welcome signs that the unbearable hell that is summer in Atlanta is almost over, and that fall is on the way, is the announcement of a new season of free 35mm films at the Emory Cinematheque.

This fall, we are treated to a terrific new series, "Dark Streets & Dangerous Dames: Film Noir (1944-1996)." Spanning a half-century, this line-up chronicles ten films which both define the genre and comment upon it.

What makes a program like this so special is Emory's commitment to dialogue. Each screening will be introduced by Dr. Michele Schreiber who programmed, and who can offer context as well as the rationale behind her selections. (Why Bound over Red Rock West, Blood Simple or Following? Where's Kiss Me Deadly?)

The series begins on Wednesday, August 31 with Out of the Past directed by Jacques Tourneur and starring Robert Mitchum and Jane Greer as the quintessential femme fatale. (Appropriate that the film launching this homage to a French-ordained genre is directed by a Frenchman.)

Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity screens on Wednesday, September 7. Co-written by Raymond Chandler, the film "was nominated for seven Academy Awards but did not win any. Widely regarded as a classic, it is often cited as a paradigmatic film noir and as having set the standard for the films that followed in that genre. Deemed 'culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant' by the U.S. Library of Congress in 1992, Double Indemnity was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. In 1998, it was ranked #38 on the American Film Institute's list of the 100 best American films of the 20th century, and in 2007 it was 29th on their 10th Anniversary list."

For the rest of the series click through.

Wednesday, September 14, The Killers, by Robert Siodmak

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Wednesday, September 21, Lady From Shanghai, by Orson Welles

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Wednesday, September 28, Sorry, Wrong Number, by Anatole Litvak

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Wednesday, October 5, Pulp Fiction, by Quentin Tarantino

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Wednesday, October 12, Detour, by Edgar G. Ulmer
(I defy you to find a tighter 67 minutes in movie history.)

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Wednesday, October 19, Chinatown, by Roman Polanski

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Wednesday, October 26, The Blue Dahlia, by George Marshall

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Wednesday, November 9, Bound by the Brothers Wachowski

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Emory Cinematheque Series: “Dark Streets and Dangerous Dames”

The Emory Cinematheque Series presents “Dark Streets and Dangerous Dames: Film Noir (1944-1996)” for its weekly 35mm screenings this fall. The series opens August 31 with the 1947 classic Out of the Past starring Robert Mitchum. Other titles include Double Indemnity (1944), Chinatown (1974), and Pulp Fiction (1994). The free screenings are held every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. on the Emory campus in White Hall 205.

The series curator, Emory assistant professor Michele Schreiber, says film noir never ceases to fascinate audiences. “These films are unique in their dark and pessimistic depiction of American culture—a rarity in the classical Hollywood period—and contain a host of other ingredients that make them among American cinema's best: great music, striking visuals, interesting storytelling, and complex character types,” says Schreiber.

Emory Cinematheque, a collaboration between Emory College and the Department of Film and Media Studies, is one of the few film series bringing 35mm repertory programming to the Southeast. In addition, the film department hosts special screenings and lectures by international filmmakers, scholars, and critics.


For the full Cinematheque fall series and other Emory film events, visit http://filmstudies.emory.edu

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