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It's summertime, so settle in for an evening at Yves Allegret's Une Si Jolie Petite Plage, although this beach is gray and oppressive, rather than sunny and lively. Hardly suprising, since this event is part of the series Le Film Noir: A Transatlantic Genre. Tonight's conversation is with Sylvaine Guyot, associate professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University.
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 INDEMNITY, 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
In cooperation with Columbia School of the Arts