Film noir is a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those that emphasize cynical attitudes and sexual motivations. Hollywood’s classical film noir period is generally regarded as extending from the early 1940s to the late 1950s. We will screen and discuss 5 film noirs directed by 5 excellent directors. We’ll explore what are the identifying characteristics of film noir. Quizzes with prizes will occur every week.

The films are:

The Maltese Falcon (1941) Huston

Laura (1944) Preminger

The Killers (1946) Siodmak

Notorious (1947) Hitchcock

Out of the Past (1947) Tourneur

Howard Arkans holds a BA and MD from Stanford University. Currently retired, Howard is an OLLI past president. This is his

tenth year of teaching, "Tuesday at the Movies."

 

 



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