Picture Farm and Little White Lies Present: ‘Night of Noir’ Film Series
Wednesday, August 19th - Wednesday, September 9th: Doors at 7:30PM, Screening at 8:00PM ; Free with RSVP
Curated by Smriti Keshari, ‘Night of Noir’ is a weekly film series showcasing rare noir-genre films from around the world, and introduced by expert critics. In relation to the time period in their respective country, we will bring a deeper understanding of each film by focusing on direction techniques, sound, composition and camera movement.
AUGUST 19th: AKIRA KUROSAWA’S HIGH & LOW (Japan) 1963
Toshiro Mifune is unforgettable as Kingo Gondo, a wealthy industrialist whose family becomes the target of a cold-blooded kidnapper in High and Low (Tengoku to jigoku), the highly influential domestic drama and police procedural from director Akira Kurosawa. Adapting Ed McBain’s detective novel King’s Ransom, Kurosawa moves effortlessly from compelling race-against-time thriller to exacting social commentary, creating a diabolical treatise on contemporary Japanese society.
Guest Speaker: David Ehrlich (Little White Lies USA Editor)
A simple, haunting musical phrase whistled offscreen tells us that a young girl will be killed. “Who Is the Murderer?” pleads a nearby placard as serial killer Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre) closes in on little Elsie Beckmann . . . In his harrowing masterwork M, Fritz Lang merges trenchant social commentary with chilling suspense, creating a panorama of private madness and public hysteria that to this day remains the blueprint for the psychological thriller.
Guest Speaker: to be announced…
SEPTEMBER 2nd: IDA LUPINO’S THE HITCH-HIKER (UK) 1953
Two fishing buddies pick up a mysterious hitchhiker during a trip to Mexico, beginning this indelible cinematic portrait of the classic psycho character. The film offers an unusually cogent critique of American masculinity’s investments in, and estrangement from, a culture of fraternity and brotherhood. The Hitch-Hiker is regarded as the first American mainstream film noir directed by a woman.
Guest Speaker: to be announced…
SAMUEL FULLER’S PICKUP ON SOUTH STREET (NYC) 1953
In New York City, an insolent pickpocket, Skip McCoy (Richard Widmark), inadvertently sets off a chain of events when he targets ex-prostitute Candy (Jean Peters) and steals her wallet. Unaware that she has been making deliveries of highly classified information to the communists, Candy, who has been trailed by FBI agents for months in hopes of nabbing the spy ringleader, is sent by her ex-boyfriend, Joey (Richard Kiley), to find Skip and retrieve the valuable microfilm he now holds.
Tailed by manipulative Feds and the unwitting courier’s Communist puppeteers, Skip and Candy find themselves in a precarious gambit that pits greed against redemption, Right versus Red, and passion against self-preservation. With its dazzling cast and director Samuel Fuller’s signature raw energy and hardboiled repartee, Pickup on South Street is a true film noir classic by one of America’s most passionate cinematic craftsmen.
Guest Speaker: Rahul Hamid (NYU)
THESE ARE FREE EVENTS
Seating is limited, Doors at 7:30PM/ Screening at 8:00PM