We are very pleased to announce our newest film series, Film Noir.. This series theme was chosen by our membership in a recent survey (with Musicals and Hitchcock coming in a close second and third – stay tuned for those series to be announced soon). In this first iteration of the series (because there are so many great films noir, this series will be back) we’re bringing you a number of fascinating films that run the gamut of the genre, from the lesser-screened Border Incident and Ossessione to the classics Rififi and Double Indemnity.
To further add to your enjoyment and appreciation of these cinema classics, we’re proud to present a guest speaker with each film, who will introduce their chosen film and afterward lead a post-film discussion. Professor Auerbach and Professor Gaycken are both excellent teachers with a wide range of knowledge on noir. We encourage you to take a look at Professor Auerbach’s book Dark Borders: Film Noir and American Citizenship, which he’ll be drawing from for the Border Incident discussion. In addition to those two, Rebecca Prime, author of Hollywood Exiles in Europe, and Erik Dussere, author of America is Elsewhere: The Noir Tradition in the Age of Consumer Culture are great scholars who will bring unique insights to Rififi and The Killers, respectively
The list of films are is as follows:
Sunday, March 6th, 2016 at 3:30 PM: Border Incident (1949) in 35MM — Post-film discussion led by University of Maryland Professor Jonathan Auerbach.
Sunday, March 13th, 2016 at 3:30 PM: Rififi — Post-film discussion led by film scholar Rebecca Prime.
Sunday, March 20th at 3:30 PM: The Killers (1946) — Post-film discussion led by American University Professor Erik Dussere.
Sunday, March 27th at 3:30 PM: Double Indemnity — Post-film discussion led by University of Maryland Professor Oliver Gaycken.
See you at the movies!