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Until perhaps the 1970s, no one ever thought they were making a “film noir.” Unlike other classic films genres such as westerns or horror films, which can trace their legacies going back decades or even centuries before their appearance in the cinema, “film noir” (dark or black film) was a modern, critically constructed category: its origins lay in the observation by a number of French critics right after the war that Americans had begun making films that resembled certain French films. The success of the American films, critically and some cases commercially, in turn inspired French filmmakers as they sought to create a new French cinema that corresponded more closely to postwar realities.
In a series of screenings, preceded by introductory lectures and followed by discussions with French film critics and filmmakers, Columbia professor Richard Peña will trace the parallel and occasionally intertwining histories of film noir both in the US and France.
July 4: QUAI DES BRUMES, 1938, Marcel Carné in conversation with Guillaume Nicloux, film director
July 6: DOUBLE INDEMINITY, 1944, Billy Wilder in conversation with Jean-Michel Frodon, film critic and Professeur Associé à Sciences-Po Paris
July 11: LE CORBEAU, 1943, Henri-Georges Clouzot in conversation with Pascal Merigeaux, film critic, author and actor
July 13: THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI, 1948, Orson Welles in conversation with Frédéric Bonnaud, film critic and Director of the Cinémathèque Française
July 18: UN SI JOLIE PETITE PLAGE, 1949, Yves Allegret in conversation with Sylvaine Guyot, Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
July 20: GUN CRAZY, 1950, Joseph H. Lewis in conversation with Jean François Rauger, Director of Programming, Cinémathèque Française
July 25: TOUCHEZ PAS AU GRISBI, 1954, Jacques Becker in conversation with Vernice Klier, Actor and Acting Coach
July 27: KISS ME DEADLY, 1955, Robert Aldrich in conversation with Pierre Rissient, film critic, author and film director